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
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
4 days ago

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

hiking
10 days 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
11 days 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
21 days ago

hiking
23 days 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.

24 days ago

Great trail

24 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

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

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1 month ago

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

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1 month 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!

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2 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.

2 months ago