Tequepis Trail [CLOSED]

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Tequepis Trail [CLOSED] is a 8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Goleta, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.0 miles
2417 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips




wild flowers


This was a challenging hike but well worth it for the views. Pack lots of water.

2 months ago

Trail is Closed

4 months ago

Trailhead starts all the way at the back of Circle V Ranch Camp (main path to the left. You'll pass directly by the pool, bathrooms, and cabins). The first 2 miles is great. The rest of the Hike is a bit precarious - loose dirt and rocks along a narrow footpath up the mountain. Recent wildfires have cleared the branches/leaves so Lake Cachuma is visible through the trees as soon as you start gaining elevation.

6 months ago

love this hike. beautiful

8 months ago

Great hike. Make sure to start early to beat the heat & bring lots of water as temp gets very hot in the summertime (around 95+ degrees) in the summertime. We saw lots of wildlife- dear, garter snakes, lots of lizards and birds.

This was a kick butt hike! It definitely has beautiful views though. We wish we could have made it to the top to see the whole 360 view but we would have needed to bring more water and snacks for sure. Next time! :)

8 months ago

8 months ago

Great view!

9 months ago

A nice workout up the hill and down. Great views along the way. I went on May 16 in the late morning and had a brief encounter (for a few seconds before it bolted into the brush) with a young mountain lion (not kidding). Highly recommend this hike; it is a bit of work on the way up.

10 months ago

Advances trail with gorgeous views and lots of elevation

10 months ago

lots of beautiful wildflowers when I went in early April. Paintbrush, fritillaries, sidalcea, pipestem, California lilac, fairy lanterns and many more. Excellent hike for flower nerds. Also saw a bunch of California sister butterflies towards the bottom. Someone had picked all of the tiger lilies though.

The view at the top is nice, but windy. Bring a jacket if you plan on hanging out at the ridge. You can see Goleta on one side, along with the channel islands, and on the other you can see all of Cachuma and the surrounding valley.

10 months ago

1) Definitely Drive To Whittier Camp
2) Follow The Directions To Circle V
(Parking lot to the right)
3) Just follow The Trail From There

The view at the top is worth all the uphill battle. Definitely a lot of shady areas where the sun isn't beaming on your face. We did encounter a baby rattle snake but it went away on it's own. Bring a sufficient amount of water with you! I cannot stress that enough. And whatever you do don't give up because once you have made it to the top it's all worth it. You get to see the ocean and the lake it's incredible.


10 months ago

I enjoyed this mostly shaded hike. a good workout, crossing a couple creeks on the way to the top. The view from the top is incredible - A 360 degree view overlooking Lake Cachuma and Goleta.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

is it 8 miles round trip or 8 miles to the top? you guys are all over the place

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Steep at times and the view is worth it!

Friday, September 09, 2016

Fantastic hike !! Loved the solitude. We only saw two other people on the trail. We only completed 5 miles so will definitely need to come back to get to the top. Great views of Lake Cachuma !!

Monday, June 27, 2016

We hiked up 5 miles before we realized it was too hot and we were running low on water . I would do this again but plan out 5 hours of your day if you wish to make it to the tip of the trail (about 8 miles one way ) . Beautiful trail but maybe a bit to dry for the summer . Over all you get a nice view of Lake Cachuma

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Beautiful views, once you get to the top, you'll be able to see both sides of the front range. Make sure you bring a lot of water, especially in the summer since it's much hotter than the front side of the front range. Most of the trail doesn't have shade, but there are spots along the way with the beginning and end mostly in tree cover.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Awesome trail! Challenging, beautiful, and some incredible views...once is not enough!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Grueling for a first timer but view is very much worth it. Lots of shade at points .

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