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

Avoid going midday or during a hot day since the trail is very exposed, you will find very little shade.

Dominant vegetation on trail:
Upperstory:
-CA Junipers
-Scrub Oak
Midstory:
-Golden bush
-CA buckwheat
Understory:
-Dried out grasses and members of the Boraginaceae

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, short loop with scenic views of the surrounding canyons. We had a dog with us and it was great for her. It’s mostly single track with some steep downhill exposures. Some points are rocky but for the most part it’s smooth and well maintained. We did it clockwise. Towards the end of the loop, the trail becomes grassy two-track. Bees and butterflies everywhere right now. Watch for snakes, and horse traffic (and poop).

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous and scenic, this hike is located a few miles inland and starts out relatively moderate temperature-wise, but quickly turns hot as you enter the canyon — bring lots of water. Lots of wild flowers and expansive views, if you’re into photography it’s worthwhile to bring a camera. Enjoy this hike, it’s a beauty and not too strenuous at all.

backpacking
3 months ago

This is a very beautiful trail in May with all the wildflowers. This canyon has the most wildflower diversity of any trail I have ever hiked. The views of the San Rafael Mountains from the Sierra Madres was also pretty fantastic. The trail was in decent shape, but it was in great need of some bushwacking at about the 2.5 mile mark, and the poison oak was very thick in areas with no option beyond having to push or bushwack through. The creek that flows down the Judell was stagnant in areas, but flowing in others; either way, it needed to be filtered until you get to the Sisquoc River at the bottom, which runs pretty clean. The trail, despite the need to bushwack, is pretty easy to follow, but does not see a lot of traffic.
The biggest disappointment, and the reason I took a star off of the review, is the locked gate that blocks access to the trailhead. The gate is locked 1.8 miles after you pass Dry Canyon Road, and adds 5.5 miles of hiking before you can even start the Judell trail. It is ridiculous to have this gate locked year round, and it turned a 9 mile hike into a 22 mile hike.
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4-21-18, Another CaCoHP for San Luis Obispo County, at 5,106 feet. Great spring day with flowers, but nowhere near as many in a super Bloom that can happen in the Carrizo Plain. After driving the narrow dirt road up from near Selby campground, I parked at the trailhead. I biked in about 5 miles and stashed the bike and hiked the rest of the way. Great views along the ridge of Carrizo, Soda lake, the San Andreas fault, all lead to a very interesting trip. Summitting was easy, and return trip was just as enjoyable. I was the only one on the trail, granting for reflection of solitude.

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.

backpacking
Monday, July 31, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Beautiful trail! Still great wildflowers on the 'Loop' side of the trail - so turning right at the beginning of the loop instead of going straight. But the whole loop was gorgeous! Part of the trail was washed out but easy enough to scramble around.

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The loop is nice, but do it early morning or afternoon. Do not do this in the summer or mid day - you will regret it since there's little to no shade.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Moderate? 5 mile hike just to get to the trailhead. Basically it is a bear and lion trail these days.....
Sisquoc river is awesome.

hiking
Monday, July 13, 2015

Moderately challenging hike. Great morning or evening prior to high sun. Beautiful! Dog friendly!

hiking
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hiking lower elevations on California trails in June is not the optimum time, choose Spring or Fall. The Aliso Creek runs through the canyon but this time it was completely dry. If there was water, there would be several opportunities to cross the stream to continue the hike.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

My first hike in the area. Beautiful vistas, spring flowers, and a few challenges. Perfect loop for beginners or those that have a time limit.

hiking
Sunday, July 22, 2012

This Trail is not in Goleta!! It is 50 +miles from North or South
driving from the North or South approach. new Cuyama Hike.
Please update. Ignore rating (have not been there-- Long Drive)

hiking
Sunday, March 04, 2012

Nice sunny day. Easy hike to take young ones one. Not to hard. Then reward them with the water hole that you view at the top of the summit

hiking
Monday, January 17, 2011

This is a great day hike that will give you a great workout and wonderful views. Check out my pictures at http://campingpastor.wordpress.com

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