Lower Oso to Upper Oso Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.5 miElevation gain193 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashkid friendlyCampingHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Casey Haughin
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Bird watchingFeeGreat!No shade

A really lovely little trail for mild hiking and birding. Part runs along the road but is mostly secluded. There are a couple stream crossings, so watch your footing! Absolutely wonderful birding. Make sure to start the trail at the actual path, not the road where there’s a hiking sign (I did that at first!). It’s past the first parking area and at the edge of the next parking section. Do note that there is a $10 parking fee to use this trail if you’re coming by car.

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Jim Marshall
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Hiking

Great workout on exposed trail. Moderate to strenuous over hard pack, gravel, rocky, slide area, etc. Trail slide in several areas, see pictures.

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Patty Huglin
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Nature trips

Amazing hike. Incredible views. Very exposed in some areas. Couple of creek crossings with water. Trails have given way in a couple of areas. See pictures. All in all, a wonderful hike and will do it again.

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Jamie Witter
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Hiking
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Joseph Pierandozzi
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Philippe Le Rohellec
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Hiking
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Gin Yu
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Lauren Devos
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Hiking
First to Review

A tiny bit overgrown in spots but very passable. Note, the water spigots at upper oso campground weren’t on but there were bottles of water that had been left behind. Mostly flat, narrow trail that goes through an underrated little valley (since most keep on to head up past upper oso)

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Erika FC
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HikingClosedWashed out
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Ashley Fleming
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Monica Piña
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Oscar N Barbara Zamudio
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Matt Broe
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Jeana Mendoza
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OHV/Off-road driving
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Summer G
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Kalon Baird
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Hiking
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Jakub Dolezal
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Eric Garcia
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Hiking
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Davjd Trogan
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Mountain biking
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Anna Papuga
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