Toro Canyon Ridge is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 580 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Part of Toro Canyon Park, the trail starts down in the canyon and climbs to the ridge. At the top, take in the view of Carpinteria and the ocean from a stone bench. The lower section is often overgrown and many start hiking at the saddle where it hits the road again.

hiking
over grown
4 days ago

Short but steep. Very few people on the trail! Gorgeous views. Overgrown after the bench.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

This trail is becoming more trafficked. My last time out no one else on the trail. Today I passed groups of people. It’s a narrow trail and with current viral issues it is less than ideal to be passing people. The bench at the top is gorgeous but cannot be enjoyed with so many people on the trail. If you go past the bench (to the east of it) the trail is overgrown. But it provides more views and distance. Per my mapping program. If you park at the bottom of the hill by the trail start - on the road - it’s about 1.5 miles round trip to bench and back.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

Cool view at the bench, which is a little over half a mile in. Didn't go past that, very overgrown. Lots of vultures buzzing around the top.

hiking
muddy
over grown
1 month ago

Beautiful views of Carpinteria at the top - quite overgrown but if you don’t mind that, then go for it

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful view at the bench!

hiking
over grown
4 months ago

Nice trail. The view over Carpinteria is splendid. Moderate. The trail as of today January 2 was in good shape. Overgrown towards the second half but ok.

hiking
over grown
7 months ago

Nice little hike, with views on two sides and some pretty flowers, however the second half was quite overgrown. I would wear long sleeves and trousers as the Flora is pretty prickly. On the very last bit, there was also some poison oak. There’s a bench halfway with a nice view of the sea. At one point, my dog stepped on a small snake. Luckily it just slivered away. I’m really not a big fan of snakes so thank the old gods and the new!

over grown
9 months ago

Great trail, beautiful greenery, and awesome ocean views. The trail is overgrown in some areas before you reach the stone bench at the top and most of the trail is overgrown after the bench as well. Also, there's quite a bit of poison oak everywhere so I wouldn't recommend shorts on this trail.

hiking
Tue May 21 2019

Awesome hike with the family. Parked at the Toro Canyon Park without realizing there was a pull off area at the ridge trailhead! Walked up to the trailhead which was about a 5 minute walk uphill on the road. The trail was mainly uphill on the way out but made it to the stone bench at the top of the ridge. Great view, very windy, and got some great pictures! We decided to turn around there and make our trek back down the ridge. Overall beautiful hike with great views!

hiking
Tue Apr 17 2018

I did the full trail today. After the bench, it does get VERY overgrown, so much so that there are several moments you're unsure if you should keep going. But it was definitely worth it. There is a rock past the bench, to stand on you can see miles and miles in every direction. The heart thumping portion comes as you get closer to sea level though, and climbing back up was certainly a cardio workout (especially after I saw a snake and was hightailing it faster). If you have faith, you can find the trail after losing it every time, and the trail ultimately ends in a gorgeous rocky creek that winds all the way back to foothill road. Total time 3 hours.

Fri Dec 01 2017

The area is beautiful but if your looking for a heart thumping hike this is not it. The hike is super short even for a beginner. I wouldn't waste my time driving out to do this hike, look for another hike.

Thu Oct 05 2017

lost the trail completely after the bench. continued with our best guest, all trails map said we were on track, but the plants were so overgrown that the trail was completely invisible. ultimately turned back, miles before reaching the end of the trail as indicated on this map.

hiking
Thu May 19 2016

Short, nice view, quiet

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

recorded Recording - Jan 19, 02:05 PM

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
Sat Jan 26 2019

hiking
Sat Nov 24 2018

hiking
Fri May 18 2018

Sat May 27 2017

hiking
Sun Oct 23 2016

mountain biking
Sun Jan 31 2016

Showing results 1 - 29 of 30