San Ysidro Trail

HARD 90 reviews
#2 of 8 trails in

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
3182 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

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.

hiking
11 days ago

It was a pretty tough hike but definitely worth it.

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

hiking
2 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.

2 months ago

Great trail

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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

3 months ago

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 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
4 months ago