Tangerine Falls Trail

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Tangerine Falls Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1069 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

rocky

Great creek, 100 ft. waterfall, some poison oak, rock hopping, shady and cool This hike starts out as an relatively easy uphill climb. At one point, the trail forks and splits off. The way to Tangerine Falls starts to the right. This part of the trail becomes somewhat rocky, and some scrambling is required. Watch out for Poison Oak! The trail is very nice and mostly shady. The creek running through the length of the trail is very nice also. Towards the end of the hike, there is a little waterfall to the right. This is not Tangerine Falls, but still a very nice little waterfall. When it seems difficult to go any farther, keep going! The trail turns into a moderate rock climb, but no special equipment is required at all. Keep looking to the right for Tangerine Falls. When you finally get to the Falls, you will come upon a big boulder. The rock is climbable, but it takes some doing. Look closely, and be creative, but careful. You will find your way up.

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1 month ago

Intense, never made it to the falls. Lots of bouldering!

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2 months ago

Fantastic view!!!! It is not an easy marked trail. luckily we found somebody on the trail who knew how to get to it! I was sore the next day full body work out guranteed!

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2 months ago

Just hiked there from the west fork cold springs trail. It was a beautiful and challenging day hike. Nothing crazy for an experienced hiker, but does include some scrambling. Be prepared to sort of 'choose your own adventure' once you get close to the falls. It is not a marked or well worn trail and it feels a bit open to interpretation in areas. I enjoyed that. The falls were dry, but the creeks/springs along the way were running and there were plenty of pools that you could cool off in. The views from the base of the falls are awesome, especially on a clear day. I only saw one other person on a weekday.

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2 months ago

ALMOST Done! ; )

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3 months ago

Love that there's so much shade!!

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3 months ago

Great hike, not a long hike, but the end before the waterfall is mild climbing more than hiking. I've taken my 55lb puppy and I'm able to lift her up the climbing part. The first time I hiked this, the map led me above the falls though, not to them. Mostly you follow the creek pretty close.

3 months ago

Shady and the perfect amount of boulder climbing.

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3 months ago

Ended up going here on the way down the other trails. This one is a pretty steep climb, but there are a few pools along the way to take breaks at. The overall hike isn't long, but to get to the actual waterfall you have to do some rock climbing, but it is totally worth it!

There was a bit of poison oak along the way but it was easily avoided, and the trail was not overgrown or hard to follow.

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