Santa Barbara Canyon is a 21.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near New Cuyama, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 21.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,457 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking






over grown

15 days ago

Dirt road to the trail head. Went about 3 miles in and back. We missed the trail head at the first creek crossing (it’s to the left) and ended up following the creek. Trail was clear was we got back on track and we had some shade about 2 miles in

over grown
11 months ago

nice trail that follows a creek along a valley. some hill climbs and a good amount of shade about 2 miles in. camped 5 miles in and about another 2 miles the trail becomes overgrown and hard to follow.

Sun Feb 18 2018

While the directions were accurate, this took me to a stop right before private property with no signage. Wasn’t sure where the trailhead was or began. Looked beautiful but a long drive with my dog and no hike to be done. Very disappointed.

Mon Jul 31 2017

Definitely will need your hiking boots for this one. And a long stick. The weeds are pretty long so the trail is not visible. For the most part, it is pretty shady and at this time it has a small stream along the way