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Worth the winding ascent to be flanked by the Pacific Ocean to the West and Lake Cachuma to the east. Saw many native lizard species and some insect species also. The switchbacks have some loose sand as it is currently quite dry in the area, but otherwise a very straightforward hike and I would say more "Moderate" than Hard. We were completely alone with only Mother Nature for company. Lovely! Highly recommend (but bring bug spray)

This trail should be noted as closed Majority of trail is overgrown and the campground is not maintained. Ascent to Happy Hollow Campground included countless washed out sections of trail with serious exposure as of July 28 2018.

on Tequepis Trail

4 months ago

Trail is OPEN as of 06.06.2018.

Nothing technical or difficult but gets hot with very limited shade for the majority of the hike. Nice views from the top.

Nice trail, but overrun with poison oak almost the entire way. Shaded, which is nice in the heat, but unfortunately there is almost no view of any mountains, landscape, etc because the entire hike follows a creek down between two large mountains. Only saw two other people the whole way so it was quite peaceful. The only animals I saw were birds. The lower part of the trail, near the Davy Brown Campground, is very lush and green. A bit late for wildflowers seemed like (late April) but still lots of tall green grass. The drive up Fig Mountain to the actual trail head is stunning, a windy, one lane road, with lush green meadows and oak trees the entire way. (PS) Don't park your car in the loose gravel at the trail head, stay as close to the metal fence as you can. It can and will get stuck.

Hike is definitely advanced as far as fitness is concerned. Lots of loose footing on the way down, steep, and uphill the whole way back. (I'm not kidding. I trail run several miles everyday and I found this difficult) I used Strava to track myself: 2,244 feet of climbing, took me just under 3 hours to make it down to the Campground and back up to my car.

If you start from the Figueroa Mountain Road trail head (which the app gives great directions to) the trail goes through a grassy meadow and then down into a ravine. When you reach a river crossing, the trail forks into three. Be sure to stay AWAY from the left trail, this is Willow Pond trail, which I took by accident on the way down and it is nearly impassable. I am covered in ticks. Keep to the center trail at the fork to stay on the Davy Brown Trail. Not sure where the right trail goes. Once you take the center trail, you will almost immediately come to another crossing, this time again, KEEP RIGHT. Don't go up the left trail, this is Willow Pond. Keep right and follow Davy Brown Trail downhill. (SEE PHOTO WITH GREEN ARROW) On the way back up, remember these crossings. Take pictures if it helps. Can get confusing. Stay away from Willow Pond Trail it is overgrown and infested with ticks.

We saw snow in the morning. How luck we are!

6 months ago

I had a great time on this trail despite the lack of shade. Yes it was hot so plan accordingly. I went on April 1. Best to do it early in the morning if you want to avoid some gnarly heat this summer

Hardest hike/ trip of my life! Went backpacking as the online reviews said it was moderately challenging. This hike is uphill for 10+ miles. NO shade for majority, and we had to carry all of our water. It took us like 8.5 hours to get up to happy hollow. There were some really sketchy bits too where you could easily fall down 50ft slopes. I would not recommend backpacking.

This was a neat little trail that is better done in moderate weather due to the lack of shade along the trail, but it is a quick hike. I would rate it as easy. I took the trail to the top to extend the length beyond the 2.7 miles, which made it more interesting. The best vistas are beyond the 4000ft mark along with the nicest trees. you get pretty good views of the Hurricane Deck, but the majority of the trails in the area do. There were some interesting rock formations, an abandoned mine, and a lot of healthy trees unaffected by bark beetles on the mountainside, which is a rare sight as of late. Note: there are a ton of deer ticks in the area, and we had to constantly check our dog. I highly recommend using tick repellent and treating your clothing with permethrin and then doing a full body inspection after your hike. On IG as @picbynathan

This was a challenging hike but well worth it for the views. Pack lots of water.

Trail is Closed

Could be a really nice trail, unfortunately some washouts about 5 miles in, just below the peak made it impassable. We climbed around two before deciding to head back. There was a sign warning that it was closed at the Ranger Station that we saw in the way out but no sign at the trailhead.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Trailhead starts all the way at the back of Circle V Ranch Camp (main path to the left. You'll pass directly by the pool, bathrooms, and cabins). The first 2 miles is great. The rest of the Hike is a bit precarious - loose dirt and rocks along a narrow footpath up the mountain. Recent wildfires have cleared the branches/leaves so Lake Cachuma is visible through the trees as soon as you start gaining elevation.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

love this hike. beautiful

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great hike. Make sure to start early to beat the heat & bring lots of water as temp gets very hot in the summertime (around 95+ degrees) in the summertime. We saw lots of wildlife- dear, garter snakes, lots of lizards and birds.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

This was a kick butt hike! It definitely has beautiful views though. We wish we could have made it to the top to see the whole 360 view but we would have needed to bring more water and snacks for sure. Next time! :)

Davy Brown trail is a real nice one - going down the slope for most part of it. View was magnificent. After passing the Davy Brown CG, going through the loop of Munich Canyon, before intersecting with Davy Brown trail again, is mostly uphill with steep and winding ascent. May I add that the descent is mostly shadeless! So if you're not a fanatic of dry heat like me, better not take this loop in the middle of the day on a close to 90 degrees weather and just stick to Davy Brown trail. Beware too of the Munich canyon loop near the Davy Brown intersection. Sometimes, taking the trail to the right is not always the best option.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

This is not an easy trail for several reasons: first; there is a lack of shade, so prepare for the heat and exposure, because there are few trees and there can be a lot of hot wind. Second; this trail has little to no water, so you will have to backpack in what you need, especially if you continue onto the Hurricane Deck trail. Third; it is almost all uphill from the Manzana trail. But there are a lot of beautiful rock structures, lots of giant hornytoads, a small and beautiful meadow along the way. the trail terminates at the top of the Hurricane Deck, turning left from there will take you to the Manzana Schoolhouse.

on Tequepis Trail

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Great view!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A nice workout up the hill and down. Great views along the way. I went on May 16 in the late morning and had a brief encounter (for a few seconds before it bolted into the brush) with a young mountain lion (not kidding). Highly recommend this hike; it is a bit of work on the way up.

Stay to the right along the creek. DON'T vector left at the "blue ranger monument" That is Willow Springs loop, and is in bad shape.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Advances trail with gorgeous views and lots of elevation

Saturday, April 15, 2017

lots of beautiful wildflowers when I went in early April. Paintbrush, fritillaries, sidalcea, pipestem, California lilac, fairy lanterns and many more. Excellent hike for flower nerds. Also saw a bunch of California sister butterflies towards the bottom. Someone had picked all of the tiger lilies though.

The view at the top is nice, but windy. Bring a jacket if you plan on hanging out at the ridge. You can see Goleta on one side, along with the channel islands, and on the other you can see all of Cachuma and the surrounding valley.

Beautiful in the spring, but the loop is more like 8-9 miles from the trailhead, not 6.7. Tons of poison oak, be careful of getting tangled up in it. The ascent is tough at the end!

Thursday, April 06, 2017

1) Definitely Drive To Whittier Camp
2) Follow The Directions To Circle V
(Parking lot to the right)
3) Just follow The Trail From There

The view at the top is worth all the uphill battle. Definitely a lot of shady areas where the sun isn't beaming on your face. We did encounter a baby rattle snake but it went away on it's own. Bring a sufficient amount of water with you! I cannot stress that enough. And whatever you do don't give up because once you have made it to the top it's all worth it. You get to see the ocean and the lake it's incredible.


Lower oso to upper oso road closed to due rey fire restoration. Accessible via hiking. Trail from upper oso to happy hallow is all through a recent burn from the rey fire. Trail is still somewhat easy to navigate. Creek is flowing strong but heavy erosion from burn and rains. Heavy oak snag patches all along the trail near the creek. Heads up
Still a great hike just not what she used to be pre rey fire.

This was a stunning and challenging hike. You should really be in good shape if doing the full loop. The initial descent is lovely, through a pine forest filled with majestic ancient pines. There are several creek crossings. Bring waterproof boots if it's rained recently. The pass through Davy Brown campsite makes it tough to pick the right path to continue along the trail. When you encounter the cattle gate, you can and should open it (and close it behind you). The ascent to get back is the hard part. Much of it is exposed to the sun, and it is a consistent climb. My legs nearly gave out. But we rewarded ourselves with a Davy Brown Ale from Fig Mountain brewing company afterwards... #heaven

Hands down the hardest hike of my life! Went last year June 2016 with a group of three and pup.

1) Little to no shade the whole trail
2) No water sources (we each brought a gallon since it was a hot weekend)
3) Don't underestimate the INCLINE. (8 hours up/3 hours down for us)

We were so desperate to setup camp, but since the trail is only a foot path we had no choice but to keep going up and up. Once we got to the peak we found a gorgeous spot to call it a day (not a designated campsite) and were rewarded with he most amazing views. Definitely a learning lesson with overpacking and knowing your limitations. We will be back this year to conquer it!

on Tequepis Trail

Friday, March 24, 2017

I enjoyed this mostly shaded hike. a good workout, crossing a couple creeks on the way to the top. The view from the top is incredible - A 360 degree view overlooking Lake Cachuma and Goleta.

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