Cold Spring Trail

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Cold Spring Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Montecito, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.2 miles
941 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running






wild flowers



29 days ago

Great loop! New growth there is nice to see!

3 months ago

Hiked trail this past Sunday. The fire and subsequent mudslide have devastated the trail. It will need our help to restore it.

6 months ago

I took grief for 1 star, it used to be 5, and will be again I hope. It's very sad, the road and trail head is gone from the mud slide. The trails (East and West) are closed and it doesn't look like they will re-open any time soon. I suppose you can bushwhack your way in but they clearly don't want you there.

8 months ago

not very pleasant descent - dust with small rocks

8 months ago

8 months ago

Went two days ago... great for a beginner

9 months ago

Start with a jog and enjoy!

10 months ago

Nice trail pretty nice terrain not too rocky. We did Edison catwalk loop, the sign is now again at the top. I loved the shade and sun in the mid day fall, not too hot! Beautiful views and trails.

10 months ago

Ocean view, woods, water, bolders to play on, some elevation, all in all a great little loop trail.

11 months ago

Nice and easy hike! Took the back way up for a bit of a steeper climb and more rock climbing!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Absolutely beautiful hike. A little treacherous on the way down towards the end due to dry loose soil, so just watch your step. My dog loved it, too!

Friday, June 09, 2017

DONE! ; )

Saturday, June 03, 2017

I decided to start building up to backpack camping with my 8 yr old and see how well we would do with a full load. Testing the waters. All went well. Good hike for kids. Definitely start on the trail next to the creek.

Friday, May 19, 2017

It's a beautiful hike. There are two entry points for the traiI. I suggest starting the 2.2 loop at the Cold Spring Trail sign to the left beside the stream. The trail is lush with greenery and well shaded. It's a steady, scenic climb to the top which reveals breathtaking city and coastal views of Santa Barbara. I slipped a few times on the way down so be mindful of various loose rocks. Overall it's a well worth the effort!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Good view from the top and decent elevation gain for such a short hike. Great spot for a quick little excursion.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Beautiful views.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Paths get a tad confusing when crossing streams, but the views from your hiking efforts are certainly worth it!

Started our family hike on a Saturday morning @ 8:30, little traffic and it was fun to see dogs getting wet in the streams on the way up.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Definitely a great afternoon hike. Most of it is shaded and the inclines don't last too long!

Sunday, March 05, 2017

One of my favorites in Santa Barbara!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

This trail starts out rocky but then gets easier. We went up and caught another trail to get some great pictures of Santa Barbara, too bad it was over cast when we went. The incline going up is pretty serious and the trail can get narrow but it was moderate compared to other trails I have hiked. I would definitely do this hike again!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Gorgeous views!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Beautiful views of Santa Barbara!!! Only down side was all the poison oak. Also, a little too crowded for out taste. Lots of shade!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Great hike not too trafficked parking is spotty but trail overall is great. There are a lot of different ways you can go too we took west fork to Gibraltar Rd and back.

Monday, May 30, 2016


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Perfect trail for our one day in the area. Though it hasn't rained here in a while, the canyon was green & lush with a sweet view of Santa Barbara at the top. Loved that the app kept us on the trail in the many confusing spots!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

wonderful views up and down

Sunday, March 20, 2016

We had a great hike...actually pretty steep on the way up, and we wandered off course a couple of times. But due to the recent rain the water was flowing and the plants were green and there was cool in the air. Even had to walk over some small patches of water on the creek from the flowing waterfall...really beautiful hike and definitely moderately challenging in parts! Parking wasn't bad for a Saturday, but we went closer to noon to avoid the early morning crowds!

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

This is a steep hike and the path is on the side of the hill. Therefore, there is quite a drop off the path. Many people were on the trail on s Monday afternoon. I would hike this again.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Just tried this hike a couple days ago and loved it! The trail was pretty clean except for the occasional dog poop (people pick up your dog's poop!!!!) The scenery was lovely and to my surprise the waterfall was actually flowing due to our recent rain fall.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

love this trail!! it's great for summer because you start in the woods and the running water keeps the temperature moderate. when you ascend out of the woods you go through some covered switchbacks until close to the peak.

The peak has some amazing views up and down the SB coast!!

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