Tangerine Falls Trail (CLOSED)

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Tangerine Falls Trail (CLOSED) 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
980 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

rocky

closed

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.

7 months ago

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

hiking
8 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!

hiking
8 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.

hiking
8 months ago

ALMOST Done! ; )

hiking
9 months ago

Love that there's so much shade!!

hiking
9 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.

9 months ago

Shady and the perfect amount of boulder climbing.

hiking
9 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.

10 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months 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.

10 months ago

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

10 months 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!

11 months ago

Beautiful waterfalls on this hike and a lot of poison oak ... but worth the hike up to see the waterfalls and views.

hiking
11 months ago

Have done this hike three times since the start of all the rain and each time the falls have become greater and greater. Great blend of hiking and bouldering. Wouldn't recommend bringing your dog on this hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Went right after the rain and the waterfall was gushing! Very slippery. If you're trying to get to the waterfall, I don't recommend bringing your dog.

11 months ago

Worth the climb! The falls were gorgeous!!!

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Such an amazing hike. I went around 2:30 PM to avoid foot traffic but it was still a little busy. Started raining an hour in, and it became a lot more slippery and muddy, but if you take your sweet time it is not too treacherous. Prepare to get wet! Waterproof shoes, a rain cover, and a change of clothes are key! All the rain has the waterfall really flowing!

hiking
Thursday, July 21, 2016

be ready to climb some rocks. there was no water when we went, but the view is pretty!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

One of my favorite trails. Much better when there is water. Kind of hard to find, but that is half the fun!

hiking
Sunday, April 07, 2013

3/27/2013: (about 4 miles up one way) If you like to go up, take the left trail that goes up above the falls, crosses the creek, then continues up and up to Camino Cielo. This is not the West Fork Trail that connects to Gibraltar Road. This goes around the falls then practically straight up to Camino Cielo.

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