Cachuma Lake: Sweetwater Trail

MODERATE 33 reviews
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Cachuma Lake: Sweetwater Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
597 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

scenic driving

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Set amidst acres of wilderness flanked by the picturesque Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains, lies glimmering Cachuma Lake. Here you will find practically everything you need for a relaxing getaway in the great outdoors.

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11 days ago

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16 days ago

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.

1 month ago

Pretty good. As advertised.

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3 months ago

Free parking if you start at vista point

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8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

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.

hiking
Sunday, May 29, 2016

hiking
Saturday, May 21, 2016