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Trail is open.

Solid

Compared to the others listed as easy, this is moderate. It's a really nice path especially for sunset. The park closes at 7:30 though. Lovely views. I was the only one on the trail and I loved it. Saw some neat birds too.

Did this hike last year, attempted today but the trail is closed. You might be able to push through but from what I saw it isn’t worth it. Hopefully the trail will be open by the end of the year.
Again as of today, the trail is marked as “closed” when you get there and the road is closed on your way there as well.

hiking
29 days ago

Probably best to go earlier in the day, when we set out for the hike it was after 12:00 and quite hot. It's true what they say about Rattlesnake Canyon, we saw one on the way up and one on the way down. Don't kid yourself, the rattlers are out there, be aware!

hiking
30 days ago

This trail doesn’t have more Rattlesnakes than any other trial in Santa Barbara (it’s just a name). The East fork is overgrown and not worth risking poison oak but the main trail is in great condition and easy to follow. Surprised to see and hear water in the creek even in late August.

The road to Red Rocks trail head is open, check: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lpnf/recarea/?recid=81860. Hiked the trail on Saturday; 8/18/2018 with two others. It was a pretty hot day with temps in upper 80s low 90s, with low winds and no cloud coverage with some tree shade coverage. Started at 8:30 am, we brought lots of water, about 6L-7L each and used it all. We hiked to the dam and continued to the mercury mine, time totaled about 7 hours, with lots of stops in shade, and food breaks.

The trail follows and criss-crosses the mostly dry bed, flat for the most part, with a hill leading up to the dam. most of the grass is golden and If you continue to the mercury mine, you walk along a fire road, which runs along the side of the reservoir. There are hardly any trail markers so, make sure you have a map or someone who knows where to go. We saw 2 people on the way there, and lots of people enjoying the water spots closer to the beginning of the trail as we came back.

Overall this is a good solid hike, just make sure to take into account heat, and bring plenty of water.

This hike had a good amount of shade, which was nice when I went in August. There was a spot with waterfalls and small pools of water. Lots of dogs on this hike. Rattlesnakes are common, this hike lives up to its name! I heard about) but didn't see) a rattler at the end of this trail.

Good hike. The end of the trail was pretty steep and had a rope to help you get down. Not much of a view at the end, and there was no waterfall when I went in August.

It's the same starting point as a few other hikes, and a great one! I did this hike in mid August. It was really hot but doable and short. The view at the top was worth it. I also wasn't as crowded as I thought it would be.

hiking
1 month ago

Would love to finish this hike!

on Tunnel Trail

1 month ago

Views are great along the trail. it's a hard trail that is mostly open with no shade. you must take lots of water if you plan to finish the whole main trail. also, hiking shoes would help as it's easy to slide with running shoes.

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
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

I hiked the shortcut up and it is hard and steep
Got off the trail twice
Fortunately All Trail got me back on course
1.5 miles up about an hour non stop

Down was very moderate to easy
4 miles an I mostly did a trail run down
About an hour fifteen down

No snakes
Very buggy on the way up

hiking
1 month ago

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

This was my second time hiking this trail. From the road and going in the main entrance you can take a left and take the short route following the creek or you can go right to do the Oceanview, I took this route. About 4 1/2 miles in I missed the shortcut route coming down and ended up doing 6 miles almost to the top. Thank goodness I ran into other hikers thar shared I had passed the shortcut path but followed them down. Steep and a bit challenging since the mudslides and gets a little confusing with the new markers. Did 7 miles in 2:45hr. Great hike highly recommend it! Just be sure to pay attention to the shortcut if you’re looking for it!

on Fremont Ridge Trail

hiking
1 month ago

it's rewarding with lake cachuma views. if you plan to extend the hike after the trail till paradise road, it gets tough on the way up. requires more water and to start the hike as early as 7~8 am. otherwise, you will face noon sun shine.

1 month ago

Great trail.Amazing view.

1 month ago

I like it. Would not consider it as a hard trail . The best time to be there early morning 7-8 am . You can see how clouds move from mountains to the ocean . Gorgeous! Also , you can see Chanel islands

hiking
2 months ago

Details: There are actually two different starting points for this trail. The one mentioned here is off Spyglass road (3 miles RT), but the other one is off Foothill Road (about 7 miles RT). This review is based off the shorter version from Spyglass Road.

Pros:
- Great views
- The first half is mostly flat
- Dogs allowed

Cons
- My biggest complaint, regardless of where you start, is that there is no sign or indication to let you know you've reached the finish line. You just have to assume because of the view and the path everyone else is taking.
- At least half of the trail doesn't have shade
- It is very crowded, but the longer version is less crowded. Even when I left today around 8pm, all the parking spots were still full.
- Not enough parking.
- Not well marked. I got turned around more than once because there were a couple forks with no clear indication of which way to go.

hiking
2 months ago

I’m a beginner hiker and this trail was perfect for a first hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome, easy, beautiful trail!

Beautiful views, nice easy afternoon hike.

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 July 2018, 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

hiking
2 months ago

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

Not much of a hike but a very cool view.

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