Toro Canyon Ridge

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Toro Canyon Ridge is a 4.7 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.

4.7 miles
1,276 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


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.

3 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Short, nice view, quiet

2 months ago

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sunday, October 23, 2016

mountain biking
Sunday, January 31, 2016

trail running
Saturday, January 30, 2016