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 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

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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. After standing there for a few minutes, I finally found some satisfactory footholds. Look closely, and be creative, but careful. You will find your way up.

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7 days ago

Love that there's so much shade!!

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12 days 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.

13 days ago

Shady and the perfect amount of boulder climbing.

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20 days 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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This trail is NOT the one that takes you to the waterfall. This trail takes you above it. It's a rather steep trail and it switchbacks up the mountain. Make sure you have pants, water and good shoes. As it becomes overgrown as you get up higher and closer to seeing the waterfall. It does have a great view overlooking the ocean on a clear day.

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1 month ago

Falls were going this weekend. Watch for poison oak. You can bring a dog if it's athletic and able to jump 4-5 feet. Otherwise I wouldn't advise it unless you want to carry.

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1 month ago

Fantastic hike, trail overgrown in places, long pants advisable.

1 month ago

Just the right amount of intensity. Our first time hiking this trail, took us about an hour to get to the Falls. The way down was much faster about 30 min. Started around 3pm, cooler weather and less people. I would say I'm a beginner when it comes to hiking, this hike is totally doable. So much water at the falls!

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