Tequepis Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,437 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
9 days ago

The trail starts by going directly through the center of the Boy Scout camp. At first the path is nicely shaded by large trees and follows the river directly. There are a few small creek crossings but as of now they are minor and don’t require getting wet. Soon the trail breaks away from the water and moves up into an open meadow. Here you have a view of the mountains you can’t really see from the road - Broadcast Peak and Santa Ynez Peak. Next the path gets a bit steeper and you’re pretty much exposed to the sun the rest of the way up. As you gain elevation, the view of Cachuma Lake and the expanse of the Los Padres only gets better and better. There’s also plenty of wildflowers this time of year, needless to say, all the colors certainly add to the experience. The trail hugs the sides of the mountain for a while, with the occasional switchback. At some sections the wind howls down into the valley, at other sections there’s not even the slightest breeze. You can definitely feel the burn after a few miles, but luckily there’s no real steep sections. Upon reaching the top you’re immediately rewarded with a stunning view of the ocean. Including a great line of sight to Santa Cruz Island and Santa Rosa Island. The Tequepis trail ends by meeting the West Camino Cielo trail and it's possible to head west to the summit of Broadcast Peak. The last half mile to the summit looked like a real butt kicker so I opted out. Expect higher winds and cooler temperatures at the top. There’s plenty of room to explore and find your favorite view so plan to take some time and enjoy it! The sights of Lake Cachuma, the mountains of the Los Padres, and the Pacific are all breathtaking and make this hike well worth it. The way back down is pretty quick and easy. Towards the bottom the river has a few pools that are deep enough for a small dip. This is ultra refreshing and highly advised. This isn’t necessarily a hard hike and I’d recommend it for most experience levels. Well marked, easy to follow, a great workout, and a spectacular view.

hiking
19 days ago

This was a really beautiful hike! Incredible views the whole way, like others have said. We just completed it today (mid-May 2020) and the trail was clear and easy to follow. Although it began in a shaded, cooler area along the stream, it gets hot and sunny after about a mile or so. Definitely wear sunscreen and bring sufficient water. The top has beautiful views of each side - the marine layer was thick when we went but it was still pretty cool to see the tops of the clouds . Please plan accordingly if you want to hike with dogs and start early morning when it's cooler and bring plenty of water for them - the few dogs we saw on the trail were VERY hot. Also, in times of COVID, I highly recommend bringing a facial covering for when you have to pass others on the narrow trail. We hiked with neck gaiters and covered our faces when people were near, but no one else we came across had covers. Also definitely a hike for those with more experience or at least in pretty decent physical shape - it's up the whole way! Watch where you step as well so you don't hurt any of the lizards sunning on the trail . Have fun!

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24 days ago

Great trail. It was recently cut back so it’s easy to follow and not overgrown at all. Saw at least 8 different types of wildflowers, and butterflies, hummingbirds, lizards, and a banana slug! But no snakes! Bottom of the hike has lots of shade and water in the creek, but once’s you start to climb the hill it’s all exposed, with amazing views of cachuma the entire way. At the top you can see cachuma and back country on ones side of the mountain, and ocean and front country on the other side!

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no shade
1 month ago

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1 month ago

April: beautiful. Lots of poison oak. Bring long pants and a machete.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail! Through the years it has seen drought, fire and flood. Must stay left when off the 154. Drive through 2 rivers then park below the camp. Must clamber across the river at least 3 times before the 3 mile ascent to the top at Camino Cielo. It was an overcast day so I stopped at the fog line as the moisture got thick. Beautifully flowing river trail, Cachuma views show a full lake and blooming flowers around every turn!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike but watch out for two things: poison oak is EVERYWHERE right now, even on narrower parts of the trail, and once you start hitting the switchbacks there is no shade so just bring more water than you think you need (we almost didn’t). Other than that the views were amazing, flowers are in bloom, and the top was something really special: goleta and the ocean on one side and lake cachuma on the other which you’ll see plenty on the way down. Also as a covid update, bring a mask to wear as you will be passing people in close spaces.

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over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Good trail a lot of rock so watch your footing lots of poison oak and have fun

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1 month ago

Steady incline. Amazing views! Will be back

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rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Amazing views! I highly recommend this trail! I got to hike this trail during a shower and it was wonderful. Things to note: -Ignore the keep out signs on the road. -The trailhead is inside the camp (go through the main gate past the poop) -It is moderate to hard depending on your fitness level (saw two young kids make it) -The views are breath taking! -The Tower Peak is worth it -Rainy weather makes this hike super fun and beautiful. Enjoy!!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! beautiful views of Cachuma Lake.

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rocky
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Part of the trail was washed out but once you get past that small part the hike was amazing!!

hiking
3 months ago

A M A Z I N G V I E W S. Check out our photos! Rico and I had a great trek up the Taqueis trail. We also bagged the Broadcast peak which was also very nice (scramble up non maintained trail.) While up there, we enjoyed Roast Beast sandwich, dog food and salmon Jerky. Not hard if you leave early. On a hot day I would not be too happy.

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bugs
3 months ago

Just wonderful! Great work out, beautiful day, and few hikers on the trail.

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bugs
over grown
private property
4 months ago

Moderate, not hard. As other hikers mentioned, despite the decent incline it really is a steady increase. The path is narrowish for the majority of the trail, wide enough for 2 people at most. The views of Lake Cachuma are really stunning. We brought 12 and 26 ounce bottles of water and it was plenty for the 64’ overcast day in January.

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4 months ago

1/3/2020: Trail is accessible from St. Vincent’s Camp. All gates were open with signs to the trail. The dirt road from the highway to get there becomes paved and is not bad. Take your time as we saw deer and a bobcat on the road. Watch for rocks in a couple of places. Trail is 8 miles round trip as you’ll want to explore a bit at the top. The first mile is lush with tree cover and mild creek crossings. Very pretty. Orange paint and ribbon guide you through a confusing rocky portion. Once clear of the trees, you begin an ascent with views of Lake Cachuma the whole way. The trail wraps around the mountain, and although you are climbing, it rarely feels steep. I enjoyed the journey as much as the summit. Flies on the lower part of the trail. Some sun exposure, but a hat worked well as did an early start. Windy up top. Fantastic hike!

6 months ago

Not many great hikes around the central coast but this one was good. The trail is well maintained but last time I went biking there was a tree blocking the trail but I still went through it. Trail is steep in some parts and really rocky for biking but fun. Nice views of the lake. A lot of flies and mosquitos first mile in bring bug spray. Rattlers out during summer.

hiking
6 months ago

Getting to the trailhead is a little wonky - up a dirt road, ignore private property signs, and park outside the St Vincent Camp. Then walk partway through the camp to the actual trailhead. Good workout on the way up, was pleasantly surprised at the shade this time of year. Think this would be a tough one in the summer. Bring water. Beautiful views all the way up and then fantastic scenery at the top.

hiking
6 months ago

Def a hard walk up

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blowdown
bugs
no shade
over grown
10 months ago

This trail was not easy when it is sunny. There was no shade after 1 mile of the hike, so you might need a hat and bring sufficient water. The view was worthy. You can always view the Lake Cachuma along the trail. And when you make it to the top, you can have an amazing view of the southbound.

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bugs
10 months ago

This one is tough! But the views sure are incredible. Bring water and be sure to in good hiking shape

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no shade
10 months ago

missing a star just because of the lack of shade. Just make sure you hit the trail earlier than 10 am and you should miss the heat depending on the day. Completed this hike on 29 June, and first off the trail head is in St. Vincent Ranch Camp, so go through the locked gate (you can just go underneath it) and follow the roadway. It was shady and nice for the first mile and then the rest is totally exposed. Also some spots where the brush is overgrown and poison oak is there. There are also several false peaks due to the winding of the trail. As reported by other reviews, the views at the top are worth it.

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