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West Fork Cold Springs Trail [CLOSED] is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.0 mi Elevation gain 1,263 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Views Wild flowers Closed
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As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information.

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Cherry Lola
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Richard Messmore
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Matt Broe
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Beautiful hike with a lot of cool wildlife and thick forests. At the very end there is a rough trail to the left leading up 200 feet to a peak (not part of the main trail). It’s not an easy climb, but definitely safe, and the view is worth it.

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Mirka Chromkova
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Great, moderately easy trail. First half had more people, mainly without masks :( but the second half was quite empty. Mostly shade in the afternoon.

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Israel Martinez
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Francisco Guadarrama
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Israel Martinez
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Ben L
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Access to all Cold Springs Canyon trails is possible by parking on either side of the creek (Cold Springs). The January 2018 storm and mudslides damaged the canyon extensively. Mountain Drive no longer crosses the creek. Whereas a car’s tires would dip in the creek’s water it is now a 10-foot drop that cannot be forded. I doubt a bridge will ever span it. But it can be crossed on food there as well as a short ways upstream and also at the West and East Fork junction. Update mid June 2020: I was wrong. Looks like a bridge will be put in. For now fewer parking spots near the trailheads because it is fenced off for construction.

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Christopher Haskell
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I would recommend this trail. Nicely restored, nice oak trees, creek and views

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Richard Messmore
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Good exercise on this out and back trail. You’ll see the Cold Springs Tunnel “shed” and hear the rushing water filling up all those private pipes and Montecito Water. This is also the access to Tangerine Falls Trail (currently closed I think). Nice area, interesting rock formations and canyon.

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T B
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Sign says closed but you can follow the road close to where the creek bed is. There is a sign and a path that leads to the fork (West Trail). Go to the right and follow that path all the way to the little waterfall. Takes you all the way to the top and it’s pretty well marked. Saw sev other hikers. Once at the top you can turn around an go back down the way you came up or head down the opposite side like I did. A bit hard to get down the first 1/2 mile or so but otherwise fine. You end up opposite side of the road but not very hard to go through the creek bed and climb back up to where you parked.

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Rachel Altman
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We tried to hike here today and went past the road closure on Mountain Road and parked, but the West Fork is closed. There were cars parked across the dry river bed to the trailhead on the other side, but we couldn't figure out how to get to the trailhead. Any suggestions? This is one of our favorite trails, pre-debris flow, and we'd like to hike it again. Thanks.

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B B
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The road to arrive at the trail head is closed.

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Bruce Hoffman
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Karyn Castro
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Ryan Hickey
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Bryan Medina
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Pete Altavilla
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Naren Gunasekera
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janice T
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Julie Tomlinson
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Lisa Kiefer
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Lisa Kiefer
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katherine michaelson
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Dawn Brown
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Pete Altavilla
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Richard Messmore
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Seth Hahn
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L Carl
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Christina Colombana
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