Grass Mountain Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Ynez, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2,411 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Starting off easy, this trail steadily increases in difficulty until the final mile directly up the side of the mountain to the peak. It is not the highest mountain in the area, but still has commanding views over most the surrounding area. A permit is required. (See contact information.)

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bugs
rocky
6 days ago

This is the second time hiking this trail and it never ceases to amaze me how beautiful the scenery really is. First half of the trail is pretty easy. Trail goes through a small forest next to a steady stream. Second half is literally a steep incline with very little shade with the exception of a few oak trees till you reach the top. Went the first during the super bloom a few years ago. Second time, pretty warm and a lot of bugs! Be sure to plan accordingly for weather and brings snacks! Definitely a trail that isn't for beginners.

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20 days ago

Gorgeous view

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bugs
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

Hiked this today (early May). Definitely not for the faint of heart. It is gorgeous the whole way though, easy beginning, but has 3 major steep sections as you climb to the top which can be deceiving. The views are INCREDIBLE the whole way up! Would 100% recommend sturdy hiking shoes, at least 2 water bottles and some snacks. Got light headed at the top! So beautiful, but watch for snakes, we accidentally stepped on a garden snake crossing over and heard what we thought were a few rattlers. Would recommend to anyone who loves a good challenging hike!

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1 month ago

I was at the trail head yesterday (April 20). The parking lot by the side of Figueroa Mountain Road was open. There were the usual signs about social distancing, but no suggestions that one shouldn't use the trail. Crossing the creek was interesting, and I was really glad to have hiking sticks. The wildflowers are definitely just at the beginning of their season; it wouldn't be worth the trip if flowers were the main point. Bill A

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1 month ago

April 19, 2020 - Trail wasn’t closed, as far as we could tell. Many people were out enjoying it. Great workout and beautiful landscape + views! Definitely recommend this trail for in shape hikers. Not crazy hard or technical, just steep. It took us around 4 hours with breaks/stops and a picnic at the top. Lovely, easy, shaded start along the creek with a few little rock hop crossings. Make sure to turn left and start heading up Grass Mountain trail vs. continuing along the creek trails. Once you start climbing, be prepared for a solidly steep ascent! There are a few leveled out areas to take breaks, but it’s mostly an uphill trek. So worth it once you reach the top! Gorgeous views and peaceful environment. Some pretty patches, albeit small, of wildflowers (CA poppies, lupine, etc) to enjoy as well. This time of year I wore long leggings and waffled between a tank top + long sleeve + jacket at various points during the trail, so I’d recommend coming prepared with layers. The trek down is a bit dodgy with the vertical + loose dirt and rocks (and hard on the knees), so take your time to avoid slipping & sliding.

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1 month ago

Sunday, April 12 2020 Trail is marked as closed and all parking is roped off. If you were planning an Easter hike it may be a challenge today as most California parks / parking areas were closed effective midnight last night.

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muddy
1 month ago

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rocky
2 months ago

March 31, 2020 This trail kicked my butt I was exhausted & a bit dehydrated by the end of it. The first mile is easy you cross the stream a couple of times, the flowers are blooming it’s March so everything is green. At this point you can admire the scenery & landscape as you pass the first mile, after that the trail begins to get a bit more extraneous. It is very rocky up there & the dirt is loose so be prepared & take good hiking shoes/boots I didn’t take any hiking sticks but man I regretted it coming down. I only took about 33 ounces of water & boy was I getting light headed towards the end. The first part of hike has some shade but on your way up there is none so a hat & glasses help with the sun. Make sure at the beginning of the trail you make a left at the fork where it splits. If you go right you’ll start the Lovers loop trail. Overall this trail has amazing views, it’s great for adventurous hikers & gives you an awesome work out.

2 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails because of its difficulty. I consider this trail to be among one the hardest short trails in the whole central coast. This is where I come to train to prepare for a hard climb out in the mountains. I either carry a weighted vest or run this trail to the top and back and it really beats the crap out of your legs, lungs & knees. It's only about 4 miles round trip(not 5) and top elevation is about 3,600ft. First half there is easy but the actual struggle starts after. It's very steep, and can be slippery if you dont have the right shoes. Views are pretty specially after a good rainy year. It gets about 80-90 in the summer but there's always water down at the creek to cool off.

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bugs
rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Very slippery on the way down- must have good shoes!

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Great trail! This is a fun hike to do in the springtime. Lots of wild flowers and the creek is running strong. Dog friendly

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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Grass Mountain trail is a great work out. Mellow the first mile with several easy stream crossings, then the work begins bear left and prepare for a steady ascent of approximately 2000’, there are several false summits and lots of scree and loose rock. Sticks are a must for balance and will provide stability and ease the stress on your knees in the descent. The better the hiking shoes the easier the hike. Views are spectacular, from lake Cachuma to the Ocean. Two to three hours round trip depending on your ability. Look for 3 or 4 totems at the top. Have fun!

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over grown
3 months ago

Amazing views throughout. Easy for the first couple miles, then it gets really steep for a long time. I tried to go all the way to Zaca Peak but after Grass Mountain, I kept losing the trail and vegetation was overgrown so I turned back. overall, I loved it!

recorded Grass Mountain Trail

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4 months ago

Grass Mountain to Zaca ridge. Saw a bobcat about 1/2 mile from the trailhead. Lower trail along stream very scenic. Second and third miles strenuous climb, slow pace. From the top of Grass Mountain, there is a trailhead at the top of the ridge that cuts through the manzanita (look for totems and cairn which mark the trail). Trail somewhat overgrown, stay on the top of the ridge. Recommend wearing pants / some bush-whacking. Ridge gradually turns east, toward Zaca Peak. Very scenic area with manzanita canopy, large pine trees (Coulter pines?) and oaks. Trail eventually meets the road, but I did not make it due to time constrictions. Walk down Grass Mountain on return trip is uncomfortable, requires good hiking shoes or boots.

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4 months ago

Great hike! The actual distance is wrong. It is 4 miles to the top, not 4 miles round trip. I’m not sure how to fix this I’m the app?!

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5 months ago

Plenty of parking both at the trailhead and before. Do not take the Upper Love Trail. The AllTrails app interactive map is great for route finding as the trail branches from time to time. No signage. Stay left at start. This trail climbs nearly the entire way and the last one plus mile is the steepest. You will see the trail branch with the Lower Love Trail to the right. Stay left for the peak. Views the whole way. Ascent is tough imo. Descent easier than anticipated, and mud not a factor. Trail is eroded in the last mile. Three mild creek crossings and beautiful foliage.

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muddy
5 months ago

This a short but steep hike. The mud made a portion of it a little tedious after the rains, but everything was green, the creek was flowing, and the views were beautiful! It wasn't as challenging as I thought, but it wasn't real easy. Definitely bring trekking poles!

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5 months ago

It’s a wonderful trail that’s justly rated as hard. There’s shade in the beginning and a few trees along the way. You do need lots of water and hiking boots to make it all the way up — it gets steep and rocky about halfway up. Also be careful leaving your car at the trail head. We had a rental with out-of-state plates, and one of the windows got smashed either with a baseball bat or a stick. The police officer at the station said it’s a fairly common occurrence in the area because it’s remote and not very trafficked. Just something to be mindful of.

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bugs
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rocky
11 months ago

This hike always tests my will, Strength and courage... Starts slow and easy then mostly incline, This time I calculated to 5.7 miles.. Always stay hydrated even with times now, Had a loss of focus of dehydration and a knee buckle coming down

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