Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Santa Barbara with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I went last Sunday and the gate leading to the trail was closed and it was 9 miles from the gate to where the hike started. Does anyone know if it is open yet?

walking
8 days ago

Great running spot with awesome bluffs. Stick to the main trails right now, don't venture onto smaller overgrown ones. My dog and I spent about 10-15 mins on a smaller trail and she ended up getting 70+ ticks! It's prime season right now, not usually this badat all.

Fun trail and nice views. If you hike all the way to the burn area on the other side of cachuma near the closed campground then it's almost 12 miles round trip.

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike, took about 1:15min to get to Gibralter Rd from the base. Mostly covered by trees until after the meadow or sign pointing towards the road.

POISON OAK AND TICKS SO MANY TICKS.

Connect with Snyder to get great views back down to the campground!!

hiking
1 month ago

I did the full trail today. After the bench, it does get VERY overgrown, so much so that there are several moments you're unsure if you should keep going. But it was definitely worth it. There is a rock past the bench, to stand on you can see miles and miles in every direction. The heart thumping portion comes as you get closer to sea level though, and climbing back up was certainly a cardio workout (especially after I saw a snake and was hightailing it faster). If you have faith, you can find the trail after losing it every time, and the trail ultimately ends in a gorgeous rocky creek that winds all the way back to foothill road. Total time 3 hours.

We hiked this today! Awesome views. Didn’t see a soul out there. Looks like a lot of people bike this trail. Costs $10 to get into lake recreation area.

definitely on the easier side of moderate

Great views. Too many people and unleashed dogs for my liking though.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice hike. Great views throughout. Pretty wide trail with a moderate incline. Saw the biggest snake of my life on the trail.

walking
2 months ago

This is one of my favorite go-to trails. My favorite aspect is that much of this trail is shaded, alongside ease of parking, a 3 mile RT, and (for me) it is close to home.

love it. take the connector trail on the fire road near the start it's a great view steep....straight up...

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice short afternoon hike with spectacular Views over Santa Barbara

I believe it's closed as when you use the "directions" feature, there is no route.

Closed due to the mud slides

Can anyone confirm if this trail is open? It seems like it is closed due to the wildfires, according to this site: http://www.santabarbarahikes.com/

hiking
2 months ago

5 stars, good hike with some fun rocks, lots of people on the first parts of the trail and too hard to find parking

lost the trail a couple times, gps is helpful if you dont know the trails

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views of Santa Barbara

great hike as always..i haven't been here in a couple of years, too bad the streams are just about completely dried...the gate was closed so we decided to hike ,jog,backpack our way to red rock...took a few hours..and was a 11.4 mile hike

Beautiful trail and views!

Great views, steep in parts but a good daily exercise experience!

hiking
3 months ago

Very convenient place to hike if you’re visiting Santa Barbara and live in the area but don’t want to venture up to San Rafael Wildnerness or Lake Cachuma.

I originally planned on hiking the Gaviota Peak Trail but two cars were broken into when I got to the parking lot. Hide your valuables. I wasn’t let down when I decided to do Sweetwater Trail. I also did Vista Point and all the side trails. Sunset was incredible. This hike exceeded my expectations.

walking
3 months ago

This trail can be done in a comfortable pace. Not strenuous. The scenic view of the ocean is EXPECTACULAR. We saw people riding their bikes, walking with their dogs, and some horse poop. The entrance is surrounded by poison ivy. I will not bring a kid here. I wore long sleeve shirt, pants, hat, closed shoes and it helped feel a little safer when entering the trail. This was for about 10mins of walking. It was a great walk and great views. PS this walk was on Dec 2017. I am unsure if fires, mudslide, rain have affected the area after that date.

Excellent hike!

walking
4 months ago

Didn’t feel especially safe. The trail is very overgrown and had a number of bees and poison oak. It’s also very secluded, and has a lot of little inlets filled with beer bottles. I wasn’t super comfortable finishing on my own. I made it to the first clearing and it was a gorgeous view, but definitely recommend taking a friend and wearing long pants!

loved it went after it rained

I’ll second everything Olek wrote beneath my review.

The hiking part of this trail ends where the river bed begins and then becomes a full on scramble/boulder hopping/mild rock climbing slog.

The trail is hard to pick up from the stream bed. I found google maps worked better for me than the AllTrails map...

If you find yourself walking more than 100 yards up the stream you’re going the wrong way. You have to go back and cross the stream bed and head through the bush. It can get confusing because (as others have written) there are many side trails.

Near the top of Arlington the trail becomes kinda elusive... you could just boulder your way to the top or find a place to hang and eat lunch.

This would be a hot hike in warm weather so if you’re out there in 80 degrees + bring a ton of water/Gatorade/snacks.

With all that said it’s a great “hike” with great views.

hiking
5 months ago

Very simple and easy hike! liked it!

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