Seven Falls Trail

MODERATE 85 reviews
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Seven Falls Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
843 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
4 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in Santa Barbara. The pools and the water in the creek is not reliable, however I always really enjoy a good creek bed hike. The trail is narrow and there is lots of climbing over rocks but not challenging for an athlete and a super fun ascent. Be forewarned to get down to the pools your choices are to hop the rocks in the creek bed or to take the trail along the creek bed and use a rope to sort of wrap hell yourself down and incredibly dirt steep hill. All in good fun.

hiking
5 months ago

it is a good trail but not recomended for little kids cause there are dengerous clifs.

hiking
8 months ago

I wouldn't really call this moderate. The riverbed was okay, and had a lot of rock hopping. The end of the actual 7 falls trail was okay, but not much to see. This route then takes you to '3 pools trail.' After scaling the rope / mountain side we ran in to a ~17 foot vertical wall. We looked for ways around but couldn't find any. It was basically rock climbing / bouldering. The views weren't really worth the effort. The trail is also heavily graffitied after the rope climb.

hiking
10 months ago

This is a great hike! Especially after some rain! Did it a few months ago and it was awesome! A bit dry now that it's summer. Still one of my favs!

11 months ago

more like two cesspools

hiking
11 months ago

ALMOST Done! ; )

Monday, May 15, 2017

Absolutely loved this trail! difficulty ranges from Moderate to difficult, more like 4 miles, there's a lot of bouldering and climbing over rocks that slows you down, so it takes a couple hours. The end is so beautiful. Waterfalls and pools of water that you can jump into! The bouldering can be a bit challenging at time but super fun! The trail can be a little confusing and hard to follow but definitely worth the hike!

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Trail was hard to find because it is so overgrown! Lots of poison oak as well

hiking
Friday, April 14, 2017

I don't think this trail should be moderate, at least not since the rain. The trail now is overgrown and hard to locate since it goes in and out of the creek, and requires some skill to get up the rocks. On the way up we met two people who turned back because you had to go up a steep narrow part with a rope- turns out that wasn't the only way to go though. Beautiful pools at the end. Make sure to clean up all your trash!

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

Was up there yesterday and went up through the riverbed. There's water in all 3 pools. Deep enough to jump off at each one. Really crowded this time of year.

hiking
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Hike is beautiful after the rains. Be ready to get muddy!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Made it to inspiration point! Beautiful!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Amazing hike. Best in Santa Barbara *if you like mixing in a little rock scrambling. Five Stars!!! Bring good shoes that grip rock.

hiking
Thursday, September 01, 2016

Fun bouldering. Lots of different rock and sizes makes it a bit tricky. Near the base of Seven Falls you can take a rope line up to the main trail. We started about 3pm and parking was easy plus not as crowded. Overall moderate hike, perfect if you only have a couple of hours.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

My favorite time to go is in February. I love this kind of rock climbing so we climbed up the stream itself and it was amazing. Short and sweet, great overall workout. I always feel the hardest part is the hike up the residential to get to the hike. If you can't find close parking near the top you are in for a major pre-hike.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

March 2016 - there is water!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Good challenging climb. Not kidding when saying Rick hopping on this trail. Glad I made the climb.

hiking
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Popular hike in Santa Barbara. Parking can be tricky sometimes; you may have to walk 1/2-mile just to get to the trail head! Very fun, you can stick to the trail or some people boulder up along the river.

hiking
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Seven Falls is great. Me an my dog go straight up the river bed bouldering the whole time. She loves it, she hikes it a bit slower now as she gets older but its a great hike and I don't have to worry about her running like a mad dog around the house afterward. Watch out going when it is dryer there are a lot of mosquitoes, they can get a bit annoying.

hiking
Thursday, July 18, 2013

This time of year, the falls are gone and the pools are reduced to no more than stagnate green water, BUT - the dry creek bed makes for some fun rock-hopping and bouldering. Would definitely suggest doing this hike in the spring in order to enjoy the falls.

hiking
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Beautiful views of Santa Barbara and the ocean. Lots of bird species to see. We Spotted red crested Woodpeckers! Awesome sight. Well traveled & well maintained trails.

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