San Ysidro Trail

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San Ysidro Trail is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. 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.

DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2979 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

San Ysidro follows the course of the San Ysidro Creek along West Park Lane (private road, no public parking), then along the Edison Catway, and finally along trail. Of the local trails, it offers the greatest amount of shade for this climb. The rocky canyon walls are popular with local climbers. Deep pools become popular summer destinations while the waterfall, always at least a trickle, becomes popular after the winter rains.

2 hours ago

Closed due to the mud slides

1 month ago

loved it went after it rained

hiking
2 months ago

Uphill more than anticipated. Next time I'll let my dog swim at a lower pool and be content with that. Lots of pools.

3 months ago

Still plenty of water this time around.

hiking
5 months ago

The trail along the creek is lovely and the pool with the waterfall is beautiful, but the hike to the top is nothing special, and the end of the trail is a road, which is pretty disappointing.

hiking
6 months ago

It was a pretty tough hike but definitely worth it.

7 months ago

Bottom part of trail was mostly shaded and followed the creek. The upper half was a very hot hike but the view from the top was incredible.

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing mountains view when you reach el camino del cielo ...love it !!! I will do it again!!!!

hiking
8 months ago

Pools have water but the big Falls are down to a trickle just enough to keep the moss growing. Not too overgrown up to East Camino, just really dry. Couple of flowers left.

hiking
8 months ago

Such a beautiful hike this morning. You couldn't see much because of all the fog, but on the positive side I wasn't getting baked by the sun. Came across 3 snakes and more people than I expected.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked on 5/25
Great trail as always. The big waterfall is down to a trickle by now.

Above the waterfall, portions of the trail are getting quite overgrown and in need of maintenance. With encroaching brush, including thistle, it may be advised to start avoiding shorts until brush is taken back.

8 months ago

Great trail

hiking
8 months ago

Went to the waterfall and back! Very nice and easy hike! Still a good amount of water in the creek!

9 months ago

Happy Mother's Day! A great hike and so many Moms out on the trail:)

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike all around with a creek you can play in! The start of the trail is strange because there are parts that are next to private property, but keep heading up and it's beautiful. The entire time you're hiking along the creek. There are mini waterfalls and the large one at the end. The water was chilly but very refreshing after hiking. Can't wait to go back!

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked to the very top and reached Camino Cielo Rd. Took a total of 6 hours and my Garmin tracked it as roughly 10 miles from the street side parking. I love this hike and would definitely return/recommend it. Not for the amateur day hiker, cardio and endurance will be tested. I took 2 decent sized water bottles and only drank 1-1/2 of what I had and that was with the days high being around 72 degrees. There is an area about 2 miles in that is the result of a rock slide and about 3 miles in while climbing the mountain you will come across a small stretch of trail that was taken out by a mud slide, but there is enough foot space for you to get past. The waterfall itself has begun to dwindle down to a small flow and will probably be back to a trickle in a month or so. Push yourself to the top and take in that view. Easily my favorite in the area. Channel Islands to the West and Los Padres Mountain Ranges right behind you.

hiking
11 months ago

Long hike, LOVED doing it in March. I would assume that anytime between May-October this trail gets a lot of sun (on the upper half past the largest waterfall) and would require a lot of water to make it to the top. This hike can easily be made a 4 mile hike (the big waterfall is only 2 miles up the trail) but making it to the top gives great views and a GREAT booty workout. Wildflowers are awesome this time of year and the water from recent rains has the river overflowing with life. Highly recommend!

hiking
11 months ago

Waterfalls were amazing and the top of the trail gave great views

hiking
Thursday, February 09, 2017

Hiked through dense mist past several waterfalls and singing roar of the river. The 100 feet falls at the top was magnificent. Very little foot traffic - so enjoyed the beauty in peace.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Gear workout, with a beautiful view.

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