Explore the most popular rock climbing trails in Los Padres National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
4 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in Santa Barbara. The pools and the water in the creek is not reliable, however I always really enjoy a good creek bed hike. The trail is narrow and there is lots of climbing over rocks but not challenging for an athlete and a super fun ascent. Be forewarned to get down to the pools your choices are to hop the rocks in the creek bed or to take the trail along the creek bed and use a rope to sort of wrap hell yourself down and incredibly dirt steep hill. All in good fun.

hiking
4 months ago

I’ve hiked this 5 times in the past few months to get in shape for bigger peaks. It’s tough, about 3 hours to summit at a good pace, but there’s views of the fort, King City, GreenField, Nacimiento Lake, and the Pacific.

Heavy brush at the top as of November 2017, but it’s not too difficult to get through. Just keep your eyes on the trail and always stick to the most worn trail.

Definite worth it if you have a day for it!

hiking
5 months ago

it is a good trail but not recomended for little kids cause there are dengerous clifs.

on Reyes Peak Trail

8 months ago

I missed this trail. The topo map here is correct but I didn't have it in hand at the time. Five minutes in there is a fork in the trail and the signage is confusing. I took the left and ended up heading toward Haddock Peak which looks fantastic but I was jonesing for the Reyes Peak Summit. I doubled back to the fork and went right along an old road. Pretty views and easy hiking in the sun but turns into a dead end. Next time I will look harder to find 3rd trail which must head up the ridge. Not sure what happened there. Could have been the elevation playing tricks on me;)

I wouldn't really call this moderate. The riverbed was okay, and had a lot of rock hopping. The end of the actual 7 falls trail was okay, but not much to see. This route then takes you to '3 pools trail.' After scaling the rope / mountain side we ran in to a ~17 foot vertical wall. We looked for ways around but couldn't find any. It was basically rock climbing / bouldering. The views weren't really worth the effort. The trail is also heavily graffitied after the rope climb.

What a view!!!! Really enjoyed the time I spent there! just beware of dog ticks, there's a lot and I found some in my dogs!

hiking
10 months ago

This is a great hike! Especially after some rain! Did it a few months ago and it was awesome! A bit dry now that it's summer. Still one of my favs!

hiking
11 months ago

Views are ok, very urban along the coast, which isn't very nice. Trail was a bit hard to find in places because everyone goes their own route. Graffiti in multiple spots.

11 months ago

more like two cesspools

hiking
11 months ago

ALMOST Done! ; )

Monday, May 15, 2017

Absolutely loved this trail! difficulty ranges from Moderate to difficult, more like 4 miles, there's a lot of bouldering and climbing over rocks that slows you down, so it takes a couple hours. The end is so beautiful. Waterfalls and pools of water that you can jump into! The bouldering can be a bit challenging at time but super fun! The trail can be a little confusing and hard to follow but definitely worth the hike!

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

Great place to view the coast. Moderate hike.

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Trail was hard to find because it is so overgrown! Lots of poison oak as well

hiking
Friday, April 14, 2017

I don't think this trail should be moderate, at least not since the rain. The trail now is overgrown and hard to locate since it goes in and out of the creek, and requires some skill to get up the rocks. On the way up we met two people who turned back because you had to go up a steep narrow part with a rope- turns out that wasn't the only way to go though. Beautiful pools at the end. Make sure to clean up all your trash!

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Great place to go bouldering with kids. The views of the Santa Barbara coastline are awesome! Nothing difficult about the trail.

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

Was up there yesterday and went up through the riverbed. There's water in all 3 pools. Deep enough to jump off at each one. Really crowded this time of year.

hiking
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Really fun place to explore and play lots of water right now out there

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Hike is beautiful after the rains. Be ready to get muddy!

on Seven Falls Trail

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Made it to inspiration point! Beautiful!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Amazing hike. Best in Santa Barbara *if you like mixing in a little rock scrambling. Five Stars!!! Bring good shoes that grip rock.

hiking
Thursday, September 01, 2016

Fun bouldering. Lots of different rock and sizes makes it a bit tricky. Near the base of Seven Falls you can take a rope line up to the main trail. We started about 3pm and parking was easy plus not as crowded. Overall moderate hike, perfect if you only have a couple of hours.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

My favorite time to go is in February. I love this kind of rock climbing so we climbed up the stream itself and it was amazing. Short and sweet, great overall workout. I always feel the hardest part is the hike up the residential to get to the hike. If you can't find close parking near the top you are in for a major pre-hike.

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Great hike went almost to Haddock not hard to follow but very overgrown. The Views are fantastic, the trees and boulders refreshing BUT as of 7/24/2016 this is closed due to a Large fire starting at Haddock.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Awesome

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Loved it! Nice little hike and so much fun to climb all the rocks. View is beautiful on a clear day

Saturday, March 19, 2016

March 2016 - there is water!

hiking
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Visited this trail with my family today for an #OptOutside celebration of the season. The exciting one-lane ridge road to the trailhead dominated our attention. While I navigated the many turns, my family enjoyed the spectacular views. It was clear enough for us to see the Channel Islands. We could even see Santa Rosa!

We made it to the trailhead, not quite prepared for the elevation or the cold. So we 'dipped our toes' into the trails, but didn't make an honest effort to get to the peak. At the trail's first fork, the right branch is marked and the left isn't, though it is well worn. The right descends around the mountain a bit. We didn't walk too far before we turned around and decided to take the left trail at the fork. There we found two trains, one that appeared to descend around the opposite side of the mountain and another that went straight up.

We took the latter for a bit but soon decided that we'd attempt it another day when we came back to camp.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Tough trail.... not used much so the main trail can be difficult to follow in places. Requires paying attention to the map and sharpening your orienteering skills. The trail as marked on the current USGS topo or USF topo is not always accurate. However, this is whats its all about isnt it. this is one of those rare times/places where you find yourself dependent upon yourself and nature. I would give this 5 stars, but that may make the trail sound too easy, physically and mentally. Requires you to be on your game for both resources.

walking
Thursday, September 10, 2015

No sand dollars but good view. The water actually looks better from further away.

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