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Willow Spring Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Maria, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,706 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

hiking
4 days ago

Quiet (saw one other group of 2). Well worn trail (you'll not get lost, poison oak has been trimmed back). I'd call it light to moderate hiking (lots of switch-backs to ease the climbs, no rocky trip hazard areas). Beautiful scenery (valley views, wild flowers, gnarly oaks). It would have been nice to see some wildlife. We only saw a few cows. Take water and a snack!

hiking
muddy
over grown
1 month ago

Heart pounding climb for the last 1/2 mile. A bit muddy with our late spring rains. No magical view point at the top, but lots of beautiful trees and lookout spots along the trail. Only saw 10 people the whole hike!

hiking
1 month ago

This was a gentle uphill climb for the majority of the hike. There is one short portion just prior to arriving at the top that was steeper. Not a lot of loose gravel. You have to open a gate to drive inside and park. The hike starts in open rolling greens spotted with cows (and cow patties - watch out!). Just a lot of switchbacks with increasing numbers of trees until you get to the top. We also descended down the backside to find the spring. It is preceded by a lovely meadow sprinkled with pink wildflowers. I would definitely do this hike again - going down to the spring and back up made this about an 8 mile hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful one of the best trails in the area.

hiking
Sun Mar 31 2019

Very beautiful this time of year. Wildflowers abound. Saw several deer too. Gonna have to come back and mountain bike this one!

hiking
Tue Sep 04 2018

I had no idea where I was hiking to.

hiking
Fri May 26 2017

This is a nice little trail off the 166. there is a lot off oak trees and high grass until you get up higher. Near the top there is a grove of red shanks, which are pretty rare. Bring plenty of water as Willow Spring was a muddy mess and not easy to filter. At the top there is a nice grassy area to relax before heading farther into the los Padres if backpacking. the bottom half of the trail has quite a few cow patties. on IG as @picbynathan

hiking
Mon Nov 02 2015

Good exercise, no wild life.

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Sat Feb 09 2019

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Thu Apr 26 2018

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Fri Dec 29 2017

backpacking
Fri Apr 28 2017

hiking
Sat Oct 31 2015