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Aliso Canyon Trail

MODERATE 60 reviews
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Aliso Canyon Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 810 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

wild flowers

no shade

hiking
bugs
1 day ago

I recommend starting early in the am. We started about 9:20 and it was very hot the last 1.3 miles. Wildflowers few and far between. View is great at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful loop, well maintained trail, 360-degree views. Lots of wildflowers.

over grown
1 month ago

Easy to find, park and follow with beautiful Vista views. But about half the trail is overgrown with thistle plants. I've never been less happy to have worn shorts :/ Mostly exposed with little shade. Look out for poison ivy by the river, nothing out of the ordinary. A little maintenance on this trail and it would be five stars!

hiking
no shade
over grown
1 month ago

Came here with my dog — took about two hours for the two of us hiking at a moderate pace with plenty of breaks. Bring lots of water and a good sun hat - the trail has no shade once you start climbing out of the canyon. Definitely a workout - sustained climbing! Beautiful views at the top and lots and lots of wildflowers.

hiking
2 months ago

Really good trail for a afternoon hike. Lots of elevation gained and lost.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Lots of flowers right now!

hiking
3 months ago

Good trail. Starts slow through the canyon but then you can elevation pretty quickly and great views of the National Forest along the top ridge. Definitely moderate trail as the elevation can get steep at points.

hiking
3 months ago

This was the first backcountry hike we did and it was fantastic! It has a little bit of everything to enjoy - creek crossings, spring flowers, wide open plains, stunning 360 views at the tops of the hills. One of the best parts was we only ran into maybe 4 other hiking couples/groups. Note, the Adventure Pass is not valid here, you have to find a Ranger to pay the fee to park your car.

3 months ago

gorgeous with wildflowers 2 days ago!!! It would be a lovely lollypop hike even without the wildflowers with a mix of canyon bottom along and criscrossing a creek and more exposed with views. A fantastic variety of flowers; fiesta flowers, shooting stars, lupine, Mariposa lilies, poppies, and a number of varieties I don't know. I would definitely do this again, especially during the bloom

hiking
washed out
3 months ago

Incredible wildflowers right now! The majority of this trail is exposed, so bring a lot of water. There is one heavily washed out portion of the trail but it’s still passable.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail, nice views, enjoyed the loop. Warning, there are 2 spots on it where the trail is practically sliding off down the a steep mountain. It was a bit scary to walk through because your feet feel like they will slide down and there is nothing to hold on to, everything you touch just crumbles. I hope those spots can be cleared to make a wider path, that way more people can enjoy the beautiful trail.

6 months ago

Nice trail with decent views. It has mostly recovered since the Rey fire came through two years ago. I imagine this would be a good place to see wildflowers in a couple months.

hiking
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Beautiful, short loop with scenic views of the surrounding canyons. We had a dog with us and it was great for her. It’s mostly single track with some steep downhill exposures. Some points are rocky but for the most part it’s smooth and well maintained. We did it clockwise. Towards the end of the loop, the trail becomes grassy two-track. Bees and butterflies everywhere right now. Watch for snakes, and horse traffic (and poop).

hiking
Sunday, June 03, 2018

Gorgeous and scenic, this hike is located a few miles inland and starts out relatively moderate temperature-wise, but quickly turns hot as you enter the canyon — bring lots of water. Lots of wild flowers and expansive views, if you’re into photography it’s worthwhile to bring a camera. Enjoy this hike, it’s a beauty and not too strenuous at all.

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Beautiful trail! Still great wildflowers on the 'Loop' side of the trail - so turning right at the beginning of the loop instead of going straight. But the whole loop was gorgeous! Part of the trail was washed out but easy enough to scramble around.

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The loop is nice, but do it early morning or afternoon. Do not do this in the summer or mid day - you will regret it since there's little to no shade.

hiking
Monday, July 13, 2015

Moderately challenging hike. Great morning or evening prior to high sun. Beautiful! Dog friendly!

hiking
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hiking lower elevations on California trails in June is not the optimum time, choose Spring or Fall. The Aliso Creek runs through the canyon but this time it was completely dry. If there was water, there would be several opportunities to cross the stream to continue the hike.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

My first hike in the area. Beautiful vistas, spring flowers, and a few challenges. Perfect loop for beginners or those that have a time limit.

hiking
Sunday, March 04, 2012

Nice sunny day. Easy hike to take young ones one. Not to hard. Then reward them with the water hole that you view at the top of the summit

hiking
Monday, January 17, 2011

This is a great day hike that will give you a great workout and wonderful views. Check out my pictures at http://campingpastor.wordpress.com

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