Grass Mountain Trail

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Grass Mountain Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Ynez, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2411 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

views

wild flowers

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.)

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike, very challenging especially the last 1/3 which is steep with loose dry dirt and rocks. It was hot took 2 liters of water and drank it all. Beautiful views and very peaceful didn’t see another person on the trail!

hiking
27 days ago

great hike. mountain was covered in color today. very steep for the last mile but the view is worth the effort.

2 months ago

This trail while difficult was beautiful today. Poppies and lupine were alive. Nice to be so close to water too.

2 months ago

Went two days ago for a 21st anniversary hike. I hike on average 25 miles a week and am in good shape, and it's no joke that the last mile to the top is tough! The views are incredible though. Went around 11am, and the poppies weren't open. They seemed to be opening a bit more as we were leaving. I've lived in the SB/Ventura area most of my life and had never done this hike. It was on my bucket list. Definitely is beautiful this time of year and worth the tough climb. Celebrated with wine at Sunstone afterward!

hiking
2 months ago

Went just after sunrise, so the poppies were closed still for the most part but I assume if you go in the afternoon they open up. Lots of poppies and lupines blooming right now! Pretty hard last bit but doable it if you are in okay shape. Cheers to Sean Kelly for the dank review 5 days ago saying to go now!!

hiking
2 months ago

As of 14 April, the mountain is in full bloom! Go now!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Went up yesterday to check on the poppy bloom. They are starting to show up but I think will look better in a week or maybe two. I don’t expect this year to be anything like 2016 though for poppies. I did have a bald eagle soaring over me for like 20 mins during the hike. That was pretty spectacular.

2 months ago

Great 360°views of all the mountains.
Short hike but steep, slippery & high elevation towards the end. It will kill your knees, back, legs, & lungs so take your time . (I prefer to run it with weights during summer but I'm not normal) takes me a about and 1 hr up 35 min down from parking lot but you can easily spend over 3 hrs here.
Crowded during poppy season and It can get really windy. Best time is during spring then fall because summer gets too hot for ppl. Defiantely a must do once a year hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing hike, very Scenic lots of dead grass. Right now :( but the view is amazing though

Monday, June 12, 2017

Great hike! The top was very steep with many loose rocks and earth. The landscape was a sea of yellow grasses at this time of the year. Still breathtaking view.

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Really beautiful trail and gorgeous views at the top. Very steep trail making it pretty challenging. I took my dog with me and it was very difficult for him because of how steep the trail is, so if you take your dog prepare for it to take a little longer. Luckily there was plenty of shade along the way for him to catch his breath. Make sure to take plenty of water for you and your pup if you take one with you.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Great hike, but a lot of elevation gain, especially near the end. Less poppies this because of all the winter rain... Breathtaking views from the top regardless.

hiking
Saturday, April 29, 2017

We didn't make it all the way up, but more than enough to feel a sense of accomplishment. Great views along the way - especially when you hit the loose gravel, steepest section.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Super windy today got there 7 am beautiful views really steep and climbing the whole way! not a lot of flowers. Glad we went today only gonna get hotter there!!

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Great hike. Very steep but views make it worth it. There were not a lot of flowers but we still really enjoyed it.

hiking
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Stunning views and lovely plants

hiking
Thursday, March 30, 2017

This trail is definitely difficult, although not due to the length, but the quick rise in elevation. Beautiful views, lots of wildflowers during the Spring, wildlife sitings (I've seen deer, lizards, birds, and potentially heard a mountain lion once). At the top of Grass Mountain, for a short time at the end of March and/or beginning of April, a stunning display of poppies and lupine bloom. The last part of the hike is a veryyyy steep incline up the mountain, difficult going up & down. But the views and sense of accomplishment are worth it!

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

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