Santa Cruz Trail - Upper Oso Campground to Happy Hollow

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Santa Cruz Trail - Upper Oso Campground to Happy Hollow is a 10.3 mile out and back trail located near Goleta, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3582 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

mountain biking

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

4 months ago

Lower oso to upper oso road closed to due rey fire restoration. Accessible via hiking. Trail from upper oso to happy hallow is all through a recent burn from the rey fire. Trail is still somewhat easy to navigate. Creek is flowing strong but heavy erosion from burn and rains. Heavy oak snag patches all along the trail near the creek. Heads up
Still a great hike just not what she used to be pre rey fire.

backpacking
4 months ago

Hands down the hardest hike of my life! Went last year June 2016 with a group of three and pup.

1) Little to no shade the whole trail
2) No water sources (we each brought a gallon since it was a hot weekend)
3) Don't underestimate the INCLINE. (8 hours up/3 hours down for us)

We were so desperate to setup camp, but since the trail is only a foot path we had no choice but to keep going up and up. Once we got to the peak we found a gorgeous spot to call it a day (not a designated campsite) and were rewarded with he most amazing views. Definitely a learning lesson with overpacking and knowing your limitations. We will be back this year to conquer it!

backpacking
Monday, July 18, 2016

We wanted to backpack here because we'd heard online it was nice. We thought we'd hike in to the Happy Hollow campground the first day, about 5.5 miles by our map, and either take the fire road out (11 miles) or come back out the way we came. Well, the way we came in turned out to be hell. It was uphill for 7.5 miles instead of roughly 5.5, it was very hot with no substantial shade, and the trail was not well maintained. There were several places were there was a ton of loose shale that was horribly unsafe, especially as we had 20-30 pound packs on us. We're still not entirely sure if we made it to Happy Hollow, we found an unmarked, overgrown "campground" and called that home for the night. I do not suggest this as a day hike or anything!

hiking
Sunday, May 24, 2015