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Indian Creek is a 15.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 15.6 mi Elevation gain 2,227 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash








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Getting There

This trail to Indian Creek Camp is one of the more popular routes into the little visited Dick Smith Wilderness. The route is usually fairly clear to Meadow Camp, but not beyond. Many continue hiking past the end of the trail. The trail starts along Camuesa and heads north. It can be difficult to follow in places and overgrown with rock rose. It generally follows Indian Creek and can be quite lush. There are three established camps along the way: Lower Buckhorn, Meadow, and Indian. The official trail stops at Indian, but many continue to work their way up the creek to waterfalls, Narrows Camp, and Pens Camp to connect with Mono-Alamar Trail.

Dirt turnout for parking, no facilities.

The road is often closed before the trailhead, adding substantial miles to the route. Contact the Santa Barbara Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest to determine if the road is open.

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