Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

hiking
1 month 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
2 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.

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.

backpacking
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.

Hiked this trail 7/24/16 in 100 degree heat, took 6 hours. 15 mile round trip to the Murietta divide. Views of the lake were incredible. Ran into the dam keeper who said the lake was about 15% capacity. Will definetly hike it again this Fall and explore Alder Creek Camp. It's about a 75 minute drive from SB but well worth it.

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.

hiking
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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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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