Tequepis Trail

HARD 43 reviews
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Tequepis Trail is a 7.8 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.

7.8 miles
2,437 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips




wild flowers

2 months ago

Trail is OPEN as of 06.06.2018.

Nothing technical or difficult but gets hot with very limited shade for the majority of the hike. Nice views from the top.

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

8 months ago

Trail is Closed

10 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.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

love this hike. beautiful

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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! :)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Great view!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Advances trail with gorgeous views and lots of elevation

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

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.


Friday, March 24, 2017

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 .

Sunday, April 03, 2016

This was moderate to hard. It was a steady climb all the way (4.5 miles to the top) Great view at the top. .WARNNG!!!! We did have an encounter with a baby rattler at the top. Our dog was bitten but thank god we were able to get her down to to a vet. Also lots of ticks.... I think both of these issue were related to the time of year. Had the snake been older it would have had a rattle and given us some warning.

Monday, January 25, 2016

One of my favorite hikes.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

DON'T FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FROM THE APP TO THE TRAILHEAD! The app will take you to the top of the trail off of Camino Cielo. Follow the directions to Camp Whittier and the proceed to circle V camp.

I don't know if it was the time of day or the time of year I took this hike, but it was shaded in most of the way up (and down). Was a good uphill climb to the top of the mountain saddle where I could see both Lake Cachuma as well as the ocean. This was a well traveled path with a few areas of rocky terrain. Definitely worth the trip!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tequepis Trail is a wonderful hike located off the 154 - coming from the North turn right at the break-off road to "Camp Whittier" just after the Cachuma Lake entrance and keep left at the fork (the right fork will lead you to Camp Whittier.) Head all the way down to Circle V where you'll find a spot on the right to park your car. Walk through the Circle V camp to find the trailhead. At 9mi total and a 3000ft elevation gain the hike is grueling, but the ascent is steady (there aren't any suddenly steep parts) and about half of the stretch has oak tree shade cover. The scenery is amazing - probably the best view of Cachuma Lake you could ask for and a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean at the top. Watch out for snakes, I came across two during my trek.

mountain biking
Friday, February 14, 2014

This trail is the reason I MTB. I never thought coming from Denver I would fall in love with a California mountain like I have with Tequepis. It is my favorite trail of all time. The solitude is refreshing. As a DH rider, I don't mind putting in 2 full hours of pushing the bike up to the top for the absolute bliss this trail is on the way down (even though, if you truly decide to crush the DH, you will be done and back at your car in less than 20 minutes). The scenery is unparalleled, but I'd make sure to take a good look on the way up, because you're going to want to really pay attention on the way down. The skinny singletrack can get quite rocky in some points and opposite the mountain you just have a long fall, but it is absolutely worth it. This is probably a moderate trail, but if you really push it, it can become an advanced trail, just because of the risks you take. Once done with the switchbacks of the mountain you end up at the base and flying down a rocky, sandy, muddy road with a few good, big jumps. This trail will leave a huge smile on your face and leave you wanting more. (As I mentioned above, the singletrack is pretty skinny and sketchy, so make sure to bring a bell to alert anyone on the trail when you're coming down)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Park outside the Circle V gate at the signed parking, then go through the gate. A sign just down the road points left for the trail, follow it past the cabins and to another gate where the trail starts. Do not use the camp's bathrooms, that is incredibly rude. You have a right to pass, not a right to make it your home.

Significant work has been done in the recent past to open up the trail, and it is a very comfortable climb now. It seems an easier grade than the front country trails except for one rather eroded area along a property line (as indicated by barbed wire). It is wooded and cool when moist, as it was today. The top can be windy and was really really blowing today although most of the hike up was still. Excellent lake views all the way up, then massive ocean view at the top.

I stopped by the waterfall off a spur trail on the way up and continued on to Santa Ynez and Broadcast Peaks at the top.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Awesome hike! Be prepared for a steep journey though. The view from the top is well worth it. Definitely a moderate to difficult level.... not for faint of heart. Wear comfortable shoes. as the way back down really bothered my feet (as well as my knees), but nothing that a good post-hike rest can't cure. My husband & I just hiked this trail the weekend before July 4th (2012) & we weren't quite accustomed to the changing temperatures along the way - OR the sun. So be sure to bring a lot of water, sunscreen & maybe a light cover-up for the peak, as the Pacific winds are rip-roaring & the temperature is much cooler on top of the mountain. (Plus if you plan to hang out for a few, you might cool down considerably.) The last 1.5 - 2 miles are on a very narrow path with a lot of overgrown foliage, so be aware of burrs getting stuck in your clothing & DON'T lose your balance either ; ) A+ hike!!

NOTE: Once you are parked, you actually have to walk all the way through the church camp in order to get the trail itself. Pass the pool... pass (& use if you need) the bathrooms & continue straight back. Took us a while to figure that one out ; )

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Great Hike! First time I've hiked from the north side of the Santa Ynez. Significantly more tree coverage than similar trails on the Pacific side that are still recovering from recent fires.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Trail is narrow and fairly steep. A good hike. Head to the saddle at the top and see the ocean on one side and Cachuma lake on the other. Stunning view!

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