Cachuma Lake: Sweetwater Trail

MODERATE 23 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
833 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.

walking
29 days ago

trail running
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 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.

2 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
4 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

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Pretty new to hiking, this was a fun trail. Moderately busy with a narrow path makes for tough passing. Going in spring is probably ideal. At 75° it was pretty humid. Encountered the endangered horned lizard. Please leave alone and in habitat since endangered; definitely a sight to see!

hiking
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

camping
Saturday, October 17, 2015

hiking
Sunday, October 19, 2014

hiking
Friday, September 19, 2014

nice casual hike with some hill work here and there. and if there had been an healthy rain season this year, the view of the lake and what would have been creeks would have made for some rich and fantastic views. however, presently the water level of the lake is depressingly low, and potential creeks are totally dry. let's hope for a solid measure of rain this winter.

camping
Monday, May 12, 2014

Crowded usually, but it is known ce being by a lake!

walking
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Nothing really special. It just has a nice view of the lake and it's more for an evening stroll. I suggest going off trail onto some really nice fields. There are great scenes with tall grass and flowers that are beautiful to take pictures with.

hiking
Thursday, October 03, 2013

camping
Monday, August 19, 2013

My family and I have camped here three times. If you can, get a spot by the lake. It's absolutely stunning at dawn and dusk, despite being man made (the only pet peeve I had). Stargazing at night is great too, because the entire sky is filled with stars and it's pitch black. Also bring your dog! They allow pets, you just have to pay a small fee. The camp has a park with a playground for kids as well as boats you can rent. Kayaking here is extremely affordable! 12$ for my boyfriend and I to share a kayak for an hour. Around 30 minutes away is Solvang, a Hollandish town that is a delight to visit!

hiking
Sunday, April 07, 2013

Offers everything you could imagine for the outdoorsy spirit-- fishing, boating, kayaking, camping, walking, running....perfect even for a rugged outdoor stroller. I highly recommend for kids. Can get a bit crowded and hot in late afternoon, so arrive early around 9am for best enjoyment and leave by 2pm when the crowds are at the max.