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Ranger Peak Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately 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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 8.1 mi Elevation gain 2,148 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

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Wild flowers

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Nathan M
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HikingMuddy

Gate is now closed on the side where you summit Ranger Peak first. very green and scenic right now with snow capped mountains and flowing streams. on IG as @picbynathan

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Nathan M
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Beautiful trail that has great vistas of the San Rafael mountains and out towards Cachuma lake. The first portion up to Ranger Peak is quiet steep, but then most of the next 4 miles is downhill. It is mostly rocky and exposed, so it is best advised to do this when the weather isn't too hot. The trail ends at a fence and then it is all back up the mountain from there. This is one of the only hikes that I've been on in this area without any poison oak, but that is probably because there is very little shade. The only water source that I saw was a little muddy stream on the backside of Ranger Peak, but I didn't investigate; it looked stagnant and would definitely require filtration. The trail is not always clearly marked and there are no signs to mark the beginning or route and there was some confusion with the number of animal trails that lead in different directions. Definitely needed my All Trails map on sections. I didn't find any ticks. lots of bear and cow paties. The vegetation is pretty sparse with manzanita and lone grey pines and a few oak, but not much growing over onto the trail.

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Tiffany Halvorsen
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C H.
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Nathan M
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C H.
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C H.
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C H.
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Liz Hawes
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