Carpinteria Salt Marsh Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 1 mile out and back trail located near Carpinteria, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 13 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

river

views

wildlife

no shade

private property

no dogs

hiking
5 months ago

I'm giving this a solid 4 because despite the fact that it lacks many things you might want out of a "hike" (length, difficulty, excellent vantage points, distance from industrial society) because it actually benefits by being a short, very informative excursion into a specific habitat. Its clear the curators have put a lot of attention to this little space. Since its only an hour or so (if you are stopping to read and take it all in) it is just the right size, allowing one to fit it easily into a range of different day plans.

hiking
muddy
no shade
6 months ago

It’s a very short salt marsh nature trail with all the informative plaques you will ever want to read. But, it is also a delight.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy, short hike. Beautiful scenery over the marshes!

hiking
Tue May 28 2019

Saw a bird

bird watching
Mon Dec 10 2018

The Carp Salt Marsh isn't too far from me, so I decided to check it out one day while on a trail run. I didn't come on here first to see how long the trail was, so I was seemingly disappointed to find out how short it was. I had assumed that the trail allowed you to go deep into the marsh, but it only lets you see the very edge. It would be great if they opened up more of the trail!

running
Sun Jul 08 2018

Short trail through an interesting marsh to the beach. I parked on Carpinteria ave. and picked up the trail on Sandyland Cove. There were big no trespassing signs but there were also lots of people/dogs heading that direction so it seems to be okay.

hiking
Tue Jun 04 2013

Plenty of sea sells :)

hiking
Sat Apr 27 2013

Nice short nature trail for a walk or run in the Carpinteria city limits. Can be combined with beach day. It's better to enter on Ash St. There is plenty of parking near the beach.

hiking
Sun Jan 13 2013

Person above is crazy as they will never enforce that as I have walked on/around that area for 30 years without issue... also that is not really the start of the trail head ;-) start of salt marsh is on Ash Street near downtown/beach.

hiking
Thu Nov 17 2011

Didn't get a chance to get on this trail because the trailhead as its marked here is on private property. The road to get to it (sandycove) has big signs out front saying that it's all private property and trespassers will be prosecuted etc. So if you go to do this just beware of that if that matters to you.

hiking
2 months ago

mountain biking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Sun May 06 2018

hiking
Sat Jan 27 2018

walking
Thu Jul 14 2016