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While the directions were accurate, this took me to a stop right before private property with no signage. Wasn’t sure where the trailhead was or began. Looked beautiful but a long drive with my dog and no hike to be done. Very disappointed.

11 months ago

Definitely will need your hiking boots for this one. And a long stick. The weeds are pretty long so the trail is not visible. For the most part, it is pretty shady and at this time it has a small stream along the way

Monday, February 27, 2017

Hiked to Big Caliente from the Romero Trailhead. Lots of water, probably 5-6 creek crossings between Camino Cielo and Camuesa rd. Trail was a bit difficult to follow getting close to riverbeds (the darkness didn't help either), but some real nice pastures and creeks.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Blue Canyon runs the length of Blue Canyon. There are two trailheads accessible by road. The upper trailhead is just before Blue Canyon Pass and just after the only bridge along the road. The dirt road bulges quite a lot to allow plenty of parking here. The second is along the Santa Ynez River just before the road starts climbing away from it. This can be hard to find and has no nearby parking.

If starting at the top, the trail descends gently along the canyon. You will often hear water once Escondido Canyon joins up. Upper Blue Camp, the first camp, is little more than a bulge along the trail, but has a table and fire ring. Blue Camp, the second, is set off the trail and has a bit more space along with the table and fire ring. There is usually a second stream running just up the trail from it. Cottam Camp, the third, is a small area with table and campfire ring next to a large meadow. Water is more reliable the further up the canyon you go, but is seasonal. From Cottam Camp, the trail gets even easier as it drops just a little further all the way to the Santa Ynez River. The total length is about 7 miles.

The route down Cold Spring Trail and Forbush Trail is a popular way into the canyon as it does not involve any dirt road driving. (But dear previous reviewer: That is not the trail.) Romero Canyon is another popular route into the canyon as it is shorter and minimizes dirt road driving. It is particularly popular for those reaching the canyon from the city below.

I hiked the long way from Camino Cielo Road and I think it was seven miles one way. the trail was sometimes really hard to find because it's not used really often. If you don't like poison oak and insects you shouldn't take the same way I did did. If you choose to go there with your car you should definitely take a truck because the road to the hot springs is really bumpy and it's probably going to take you one and a half hours to get there from Gibraltar Road. The hot springs are pretty nice though and I met a ranger who was really nice and showed me around a little bit. so this made my trip a little better after having to get rid of all the poison oak on my legs.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Summary: Descent into a chaparral covered canyon

This was a last minute choice as our first option was still closed due to fire recovery. Travel north through SB up to East Camino Cielo. The trailhead is at the water tank at Cold Spring Saddle. The views on the drive up the ridge are fantastic especially once you get above the cloud line. The trail descends gradually at first then more precipitously until you reach the junction at Forbush Flats. Bear straight ahead and continue down canyon. The best campground on this trail is easily the Cottom camp. The two others up-canyon from the meadow are not worth the trip in August - both are secluded, but stifling hot and riddled with flies. Cottom on the other hand sits at the edge of a small meadow that would be picturesque, but for the power lines running the length of the canyon. It was August, so everything was bone dry. There are a picnic table and a fire ring, but we couldn't even think about a fire. Kindling all around. Still, the night sky was great, morning was lovely and we got a decent start. But then it was 85 degrees in about 15 mins flat, once the sun crested the ridge. The hike out was long and hot, and we barely had enough water. There was NONE, not a trickle in the whole canyon. The trail has its charms and I think they're better enjoyed some other time than August. All that said, it's a decent hike on a whim.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Thursday, November 24, 2016