Tunnel Trail is a 8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from September until June. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Chaparral Ranger Station: Follow the Juniper Canyon Trail 1.2 miles southward to the intersection with Tunnel Trail.
I'm normally a moderate hiker (my ideal hike is about 6 miles with up to 1500 of elevation) so this was a stretch for me. Note that the directions took us to the end of the trail, not the beginning, so that made it more difficult and confusing.
Pros: great views, remote location makes for a great wilderness experience
Cons: trail is very rugged, did not seem to be super well maintained. It's a very steep incline either way.
good riding trail fun super technical good downhill riding
Good workout and plenty of choices on doing a harder trail if wanted. We did it in about 80 degree weather and it was perfect.
Fun walk. Did it in the early morning when it was in total shade. Beautiful at the top and the 3.8 miles is for the total distance, and isn't quite that long
Sunny and hot on the way in. Amazing trail and trail options once you pass the (now dry) water station.