Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails near Carpinteria with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

no shade
5 days ago

If you follow the alltrails recording, you will need to pay $10 entry fee to the park which I did as we believe in supporting our parks. The recording takes you along the train tracks which isn’t cool, cause there is a defined trail that goes along the ocean. Much nicer trail.

There is a seal preserve with many seals you can watch. There is also beach access but don’t go near the seals. -Verified Completed-

The vertical gain is only about 4,500 feet, not 6,200.

Easy walk, great views. Guaranteed seal sightings, albeit from a distance.

3 months ago

This trail is in my backyard (practically) and I'm very happy for that. It's definitely not my favorite trail, but happy it's here, nonetheless. It starts at the high school and for the first mile it's pretty level. Then it starts to climb at a moderate grade. If you're a PT trail runner, this might be a fun one for you ... at least it is for me. I typically switch from hiking to trail running this trail. In the wee hours of the morning, it's moderately trafficked (surprisingly). The weekends are heavy. I've only been as far at 4.5 miles out and turned around. I bring my pup with me every single time and have her off leash. She loves it!

This trail is close to home so I enjoy it for that reason. The early mornings are typically uncrowded, but around sunset it gets packed. I bring my dog here and have never had a problem. Do be aware of seals, dead seals, and dead birds. There tends to be a lot in this area.

3 months ago

This is a fun and short trail. I brought my pup here, with a friend, and we enjoyed being able to leisurely walk and be alongside the beach. It's fairly light traffic; I think we ran into one other person.

This was my first ever backpacking trip. Although backpacking way out of my league I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful trail. Taking the Santa Cruz trail just off a service road from Upper Oso Campground you follow a stunning shaded river bed through the canyon. After that the trail gets pretty scary, 90% of the trail you hike right on the edge of the mountain, zig-zagging on soft dirt (one wrong step leads to potential 800 ft fall). The trail was washed out in places, making for an even more adrenaline rushed hike. Incredibly stunning views, just make sure you’re up to the task!

6 months ago

On Saturday September 8, I returned to this hike solo, starting before 7am this time with 5 liters of water. This hike is a good test of my fitness as you gain 2000 feet in the last 2.7 miles after you leave the fire road and head into Los Padres on the trail. And I am not talking switchbacks here, the last 2.7 miles to the Divide Road go straight up and can be a little treacherous as the trail has eroded in places. And it was HOT. I finished my water coming back when I hit the fire road and I had five miles to go! Lots of trucks surprisingly on a weekend. Love this hike, as I stumbled off the trail some nine hours later, I was exhausted and exhilarated.

My son and hiked to mile 4 marker on Thursday August 16 and it was hot! We started late, 10:30am, but even if we had started when we planned too, we still would have needed more water to get to the top. We brought about 8 liters between us and ran out coming down. Great hike with lots of up and wildflowers and budding oaks in burn areas. Lots of truck traffic on fire road including a watering dust suppressant truck that passed us coming and going. All trucks were courteous, slowing down or stopping for us but at least half a dozen passed us. Really looking forward to hiking the top soon.

trail running
7 months ago

I was visiting from AZ and was looking for a 10-12 mile out n back trail run with a good elevation and this trail was absolutely perfect. The first 2-3 miles on single track were pretty much all climbing, then it joined a Jeep trail/service road and it was rolling hills and some more great climbs. I stopped at the end of the road at 5.5 miles out and turned around. I ran at sunrise and the views were absolutely incredible with mtn views to one side and ocean views ocean in the distance on the other. The great thing about the trail is that I can be done by any skill level and at any pace. I def plan to come back next time I’m in the Ventura area.

Crowded but worth it. Saw a good amount of wild life aside from the seals like a large gopher snake. Don't be that guy who walks on the beach close to the seals. It's very bad for the seals, those people are the worst.

9 months ago

Beautiful hike with great views of the mountains and valley below. Lots of wild flowers, birds, lizards and butterflies. The path is pretty narrow in certain points, with lots of ups and downs until you get to Fish Camp. Once you get there, you can use one of the picnic tables to rest and eat. There’s also a really nice small pool in the creek nearby if you follow the small trail to the right from the campsite.

I would not recommend it in the summer though as it gets really hot, and the low mileage is deceiving because of the terrain.

9 months ago

Trail is SPILLING over with wildflowers! Also even though the Thomas Fire came through this area there is so much new growth in the understory - it’s beautiful! Nice bench to eat a snack at at 2 miles, and another one at 3. You will not be disappointed, don’t skip this one!

11 months ago

Easy beach walk,look out there is gooey oil being Carpinteria it's part of experience.It is a beautiful part of California Coast.

on Franklin Trail

11 months ago

Love this trail

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

This is not an easy trail. Elevation gain of 3,700 ft in 7.9 miles if you take the whole trail to Divide Peak. Starts at the height school and after single track switchbacks up the hill the trail opens to the fire road. Sadly, this area was heavily damaged by the 2017 Thomas Fire, but still worth the trip for a good workout. Horses, dogs and mountain bikes are allowed on this trail.

Friday, November 17, 2017

I did last Sunday November 12 with my friend.
we started early like 6 am.
finished 1:30pm.
this course is wonderful and little challange to us but we did safely.
we didn't see the many people coming up when we are coming down.
that was little weird because this trail is so good to climb for good excise and has a good view of ocean.
we promise to come back again soon
if someone wants a good excise try this one. and good luck!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Can be super views, especially out to the Channel Islands in the evening light. Strava on my Android says it is 17 miles (round trip) between the high school and Divide Peak Road. Bring water on a hot day!

Santa Barbara's highest point is also one of the hardest to reach. This is one way of reaching this peak. Besides hiking, others have done it with mountain biking,

Sunday, March 05, 2017

I've hiked this trail a couple times and the sights are amazing. Definitely prefer hiking it in the spring because it is extremely lush and has TONS of wildflowers! It is more dry and dead in the fall.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

This Trail is so much fun and beautiful, you hear the roosters if you go in the mornings, you see a lot of families with their dogs, the views are amazing, the scenery is unbelievable

Sunday, February 12, 2017

This Trail is a lot of fun

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

If you take the trail to Jameson Lake and back it'll run you a solid 20 miles. Worth the hike to divide road, amazing views and a good feel of what the back country offers.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

This trail is so much fun, challenging, family friendly and great scenery to take pictures

Saturday, November 12, 2016

A nice trail. Heavy traffic. Joggers, walkers, bikers, dogs on and off leashes. Some of the tar is still fresh. Avoid stepping in it or you may have a gooey mess on the bottom of your shoes. Also, at one point the trail crosses the RR tracks. Always listen for train whistles. Great views of the ocean. Some sections of the beach are closed due to harbor seal sancuaries.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Hard but worth the challenge and accomplishment

Friday, May 06, 2016

Took this trail in April. Well maintained, wide enough mostly for two people to walk side by side. Only went as far as Frank's Bench. Loved the view from there. Would love to take again further into the mountains. Lots of flowers, some poison oak but very clearly off to the side. Lots of bugs, recommend light weight pants - my fiancé felt very annoyed by their buzzing all around constantly. We saw one bunny and a few lizards.

bird watching
Monday, December 07, 2015

Beautiful views

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Got to experience this beautiful beach and hiking trail while staying in Santa Barbara for some training in 2012.

It was my first time in CA, and I would love nothing more than to go back. I only had time to hike a portion of the full trail.

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