Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Visited in the spring, the wildflowers were really beautiful. Easy terrain, but beware of snakes! It was early in the morning and I hadn’t drank coffee that morning and nearly stepped on a 6 foot long unidentifiable snake laying across the trail. Nothing too out of the ordinary, it was actually pretty cool to see some wildlife. Would definitely go back.

hiking
9 days ago

Great trail and views. FYI - If you go to More Mesa Beach the local rule is nude beach to right and clothes to the left.

hiking
11 days ago

HOT! Nice little hike but next time will definitely do it earlier in the day, towards the end both my friend and myself as well as my dog were running to get to the next little patch of shade. Make sure you also look at the map and remember where you parked because there are quite a few little trails in the park

hiking
12 days ago

Without markers this hike was difficult to navigate and stay on target.

hiking
16 days ago

Easy and interesting. Drove along Camino Cielo afterwards. Perfect for an after work outing

walking
26 days ago

Went for an evening stroll and loved every second of it! Beautiful sunset and peaceful, not too many people.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome, easy, beautiful trail!

Beautiful views, nice easy afternoon hike.

Trail has been devastated by fires and floods. Slowly growing back. We had to take a different track because of washouts. Ended up just hiking up to the hot springs water was flowing into a small pool. More warm than hot. Actually Interesting to see the power of Mother Nature to destroy and rejuvenate.

Was looking for a 3 or 4 hr hike and a good workout. Was on the trail for 3.5 hrs. Really nice hike. Could hear water trickling through canyon for about 20% of the trail. A few really cool little waterfalls. Several forks on trail left me wondering if I went the right way. Took a wrong turn once and had to backtrack. Suggest GPS to keep you on the trail if you’re not familiar with the area. Some great views of SB and the Channel Islands. Got to the end of the official Rattlesnake Canyon trail but decided to keep going on another trail (Tunnel Trail maybe). After about 10 minutes on this trail, I was treated to an amazing view of SB. Definitely worth the extra time on the trail. Went on a Thursday. Parking was no problem and the trail wasn’t too crowded. Got just what I wanted - a cool hike and a great workout!

Overview: I hiked this 2 days ago, and was very glad for all the shade since it was pretty hot. This is an out and back trail. You can start at either end, at Tuckers Grove or along the 154. I personally like starting at the 154, so that when you reach the end you can relax at the park if you want before heading back. It took me about 1.5 hours for around 4 miles.

Pros:
- Plenty of parking at both entrances
- Lots of shade
- Dogs are allowed on a leash
- Mostly flat

Cons
- Can get pretty crowded
- Watch for poison oak

Fun walk for kids

This was a great starter for small children. The ruins make it feel like an adventure and the views are fantastic.

hiking
1 month ago

Great quick hike with a bit of elevation

Not much of a hike but a very cool view.

Not really a hike but great views.

Fun, easy, well marked, good shade

Did this one starting from the Romero Canyon trailhead a few days ago since I couldn’t find the specific Buena vista trailhead and worked backwards. It was quite the workout! It was beautiful and serene, only saw one person the entire time. Unfortunately, the area where the catway trail meets the buena vista trail is absolutely covered in poison oak and I am pretty susceptible so I just turned around. Luckily I still got to do the majority of it though! Would try again maybe in another season.

hiking
1 month ago

Moderately strenuous trail through the canyon. Trail markers not always clear but easy enough to find your way back.

An almost daily of mine. It really is a dog park that some people without dogs go to...

hiking
2 months ago

One of my new favorites. Plenty of shaded areas, so one of the better trails for hotter days. Multiple sceneries including creek, dense trees, and open outlooks areas. Can be as difficult as you want it to be. Best part was my dog taking the opportunity for a quick cool off in the creek. And not too much foot traffic, especially for a Sunday!

walking
2 months ago

Short walk to great views.

Beautiful views, perfect spot to watch the sunset!

fun and easy "hike", it's really walking down a dirt road to the castle. The views of the horizon from the castle are amazing. I would def do it again, but be warned it is easy and super short.

Really loved the hike what little I did of it. Only went about 1/2 hour in then out. Only had small amount of time. True bummer was I parked in the Skofield Park parking area. My driver window was smashed out and my laptop and back pack stolen. BIG bummer. Park on the road. Set your alarm.

I did this hike very last minute and was totally surprised it was open. It’s right in the midst of the Montecito Debris Flow and shows the devastation that hit the area. I was almost in tears as I did the loop. There’s still plenty of poison oak though. After completing the hike, consider volunteering or supporting the SB Bucket Brigade.

It’s a good workout if you go all the way to the top! Beautiful hike, just beware there are a lot of bees toward the end of the hike, and it’s a little toasty (not shaded) toward the end of the hike, as well. Bring sunscreen!

Cool old structure, not really a trail more just a dirt road. With ease of access the Castles is filled with instagram models and littered with plastic Starbucks cups and straws.

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
3 months 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.

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