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This was a challenging hike but well worth it for the views. Pack lots of water.

Very simple and easy hike! liked it!

This trail is ok, nothing to exciting. Also I don't know if I would rate it "moderate" it seems to be more comparable to other "easy" trails. There are a couple of short hills but not that steep, the rest is relatively flat. There are a couple of views of the lake, but not as many as you would expect. To re-iterate another hikers comment: Free parking if you start at vista point.

Trail is Closed

Pretty good. As advertised.

Trailhead starts all the way at the back of Circle V Ranch Camp (main path to the left. You'll pass directly by the pool, bathrooms, and cabins). The first 2 miles is great. The rest of the Hike is a bit precarious - loose dirt and rocks along a narrow footpath up the mountain. Recent wildfires have cleared the branches/leaves so Lake Cachuma is visible through the trees as soon as you start gaining elevation.

4 months ago

Free parking if you start at vista point

love this hike. beautiful

Great hike. Make sure to start early to beat the heat & bring lots of water as temp gets very hot in the summertime (around 95+ degrees) in the summertime. We saw lots of wildlife- dear, garter snakes, lots of lizards and birds.

This was a kick butt hike! It definitely has beautiful views though. We wish we could have made it to the top to see the whole 360 view but we would have needed to bring more water and snacks for sure. Next time! :)

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8 months ago

Great view!

A nice workout up the hill and down. Great views along the way. I went on May 16 in the late morning and had a brief encounter (for a few seconds before it bolted into the brush) with a young mountain lion (not kidding). Highly recommend this hike; it is a bit of work on the way up.

$20 day use. Then the trail is at the other end of the park and all overgrown. Not very scenic either

Advances trail with gorgeous views and lots of elevation

lots of beautiful wildflowers when I went in early April. Paintbrush, fritillaries, sidalcea, pipestem, California lilac, fairy lanterns and many more. Excellent hike for flower nerds. Also saw a bunch of California sister butterflies towards the bottom. Someone had picked all of the tiger lilies though.

The view at the top is nice, but windy. Bring a jacket if you plan on hanging out at the ridge. You can see Goleta on one side, along with the channel islands, and on the other you can see all of Cachuma and the surrounding valley.

Nice hike. Very narrow and a bit crowded, so passing with my dog was a hassle. But it was lovely and a great distance/level for us.

9 months ago

I enjoyed this mostly shaded hike. a good workout, crossing a couple creeks on the way to the top. The view from the top is incredible - A 360 degree view overlooking Lake Cachuma and Goleta.

This is a really pretty, well-maintained trail, and probably doable for most people (it's barely moderate, in my humble opinion). I hiked from the trailhead in the Lake Cachuma recreation area, all the way to the Bradbury Dam, which is about 2.5 miles one way. The Lake is filling up, yay! Great photo opp's, scenery, and places to stop and rest.

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11 months ago

Be aware that to access this trail you need to either pay a $10 per vehicle access fee at the entrance to the recreation area or walk in at the entrance and walk through RV campgrounds and picnic areas for over a mile before the trail starts. The trail is really an unsurfaced road along the east shore of the lake, though at its current depth you see as much of the lake bed as you do the lake. Nice vistas of the lake and mountains, though. An easy walk.

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