Figueroa Mountain to Davy Brown Campsite Trail

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Figueroa Mountain to Davy Brown Campsite Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Goleta, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,135 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail, but overrun with poison oak almost the entire way. Shaded, which is nice in the heat, but unfortunately there is almost no view of any mountains, landscape, etc because the entire hike follows a creek down between two large mountains. Only saw two other people the whole way so it was quite peaceful. The only animals I saw were birds. The lower part of the trail, near the Davy Brown Campground, is very lush and green. A bit late for wildflowers seemed like (late April) but still lots of tall green grass. The drive up Fig Mountain to the actual trail head is stunning, a windy, one lane road, with lush green meadows and oak trees the entire way. (PS) Don't park your car in the loose gravel at the trail head, stay as close to the metal fence as you can. It can and will get stuck.

Hike is definitely advanced as far as fitness is concerned. Lots of loose footing on the way down, steep, and uphill the whole way back. (I'm not kidding. I trail run several miles everyday and I found this difficult) I used Strava to track myself: 2,244 feet of climbing, took me just under 3 hours to make it down to the Campground and back up to my car.

If you start from the Figueroa Mountain Road trail head (which the app gives great directions to) the trail goes through a grassy meadow and then down into a ravine. When you reach a river crossing, the trail forks into three. Be sure to stay AWAY from the left trail, this is Willow Pond trail, which I took by accident on the way down and it is nearly impassable. I am covered in ticks. Keep to the center trail at the fork to stay on the Davy Brown Trail. Not sure where the right trail goes. Once you take the center trail, you will almost immediately come to another crossing, this time again, KEEP RIGHT. Don't go up the left trail, this is Willow Pond. Keep right and follow Davy Brown Trail downhill. (SEE PHOTO WITH GREEN ARROW) On the way back up, remember these crossings. Take pictures if it helps. Can get confusing. Stay away from Willow Pond Trail it is overgrown and infested with ticks.

nature trips
2 months ago

We saw snow in the morning. How luck we are!

hiking
Thursday, June 08, 2017

Davy Brown trail is a real nice one - going down the slope for most part of it. View was magnificent. After passing the Davy Brown CG, going through the loop of Munich Canyon, before intersecting with Davy Brown trail again, is mostly uphill with steep and winding ascent. May I add that the descent is mostly shadeless! So if you're not a fanatic of dry heat like me, better not take this loop in the middle of the day on a close to 90 degrees weather and just stick to Davy Brown trail. Beware too of the Munich canyon loop near the Davy Brown intersection. Sometimes, taking the trail to the right is not always the best option.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Stay to the right along the creek. DON'T vector left at the "blue ranger monument" That is Willow Springs loop, and is in bad shape.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Beautiful in the spring, but the loop is more like 8-9 miles from the trailhead, not 6.7. Tons of poison oak, be careful of getting tangled up in it. The ascent is tough at the end!

hiking
Monday, March 27, 2017

This was a stunning and challenging hike. You should really be in good shape if doing the full loop. The initial descent is lovely, through a pine forest filled with majestic ancient pines. There are several creek crossings. Bring waterproof boots if it's rained recently. The pass through Davy Brown campsite makes it tough to pick the right path to continue along the trail. When you encounter the cattle gate, you can and should open it (and close it behind you). The ascent to get back is the hard part. Much of it is exposed to the sun, and it is a consistent climb. My legs nearly gave out. But we rewarded ourselves with a Davy Brown Ale from Fig Mountain brewing company afterwards... #heaven

Monday, March 13, 2017

Best hike!

Saturday, August 06, 2016

loved it..started late and it got hot..aug..will go again for sure and start early and camp...
also just a fyi the road up to the trailhead is twisty so it's a little hard if you get motion sick :)
otherwise awesome!

Thursday, May 05, 2016

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

This was really hard to find. We used the directions from this app and it didn't take us to the trailhead. You need to just keep following the road it takes you on until you drive to the campground which is unmarked. Then we went to the way left inside the campground and asked around. We found a trail way at the end and started up. We went up like 3.5 miles or so and then back. At one point we signed our names in notebook inside a rusted container and then continued up higher until we were somewhat at the top.

Monday, March 14, 2016

This was a tough one but awsome view !...

hiking
Thursday, October 29, 2015

Awesome hike. Started at trailhead and went left up through the Sunset Valley and Munch Canyon trails. Kept going right at all intersections of trails all the way up and eventually intersected with Davy Brown trail for a 5.5 mile loop hike. Especially beautiful on the way down running along the creek. Very serene. Will be back.

hiking
Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Spent many a morning hiking this trail since 1977. Awesome place with lots of natural history to tell. Then on to Solvang for a post hike Danish beer and sandwich. Or hike out to Manzana schoolhouse and camp overnight. Return the next day and THEN have a beer and sandwich in Solvang.

hiking
Monday, December 27, 2010

Great hike! First you descend 3.25 miles near to a creek which provides beautiful views. When you reach the end of trail at Davey Brown Campground the demanding part starts. 2600 feet elevation gain up the hill. Puhh...but fun. After the rain there was a lot of water in the creeks. Creek crossing without shoes and a wonderful gurgeling sound was the reward. But it was freezing cold up there. Bring layers of clothes and a warm hat. Access via Figueroa Mountain road, because Happy Canyon road is in al poor condition after the rainfall. Have fun!!!

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