Best trails in Santa Barbara, California

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Looking for a great trail near Santa Barbara, California? AllTrails has 80 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Channel Islands National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Rattlesnake Canyon Park or Arroyo Verde Park. Ready for some activity? There are 34 moderate trails in Santa Barbara ranging from 1.2 to 19.4 miles and from 16 to 3,979 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Santa Barbara, California
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#1 - Romero Canyon Trail
Santa Barbara, California
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
#2 - Inspiration Point
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
#3 - Rattlesnake Canyon
Rattlesnake Canyon Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
#4 - Hot Springs Canyon Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
This site is open to the public although it is on privately owned land. Please be cautious not to go on the private property. There are temporary closures in this area. Please consult the park's website before visiting.Show more
#5 - Jesusita Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 48 m
NOTE: Starting Saturday, October 31st, 2020, the trails in the area will be open for recreational access most weekends and holidays (open from sunrise on Saturday mornings to sunset on Sunday evenings). Continuous trail closures will continue in effect Monday – Friday, as construction activities will continue until the end of Fall, with staff working onsite Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.Show more
#6 - Seven Falls Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
Note: As of 10/31/2020, this trail is only open on weekends due to construction. Super nice and fun hike to some waterfalls, involves a lot of climbing and at some points get very steep! The falls can be dry depending on the time of the year. Show more
#7 - Tangerine Falls Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 54 m
Great creek, 100 ft. waterfall, some poison oak, rock hopping, shady and cool You should be along the creek for the entirety of the hike. The first half has a trail that runs parallel to the creek. For the second half, hike/scramble up boulders directly up the creek. The offshoot trails along the second half end up more treacherous than hiking directly up the creek. The trail is very nice and mostly shady. The creek running through the length of the trail is very nice also. Towards the end of the hike, there is a little waterfall to the right. This is not Tangerine Falls, but still a very nice little waterfall. When it seems difficult to go any farther, keep going! The trail turns into a moderate rock climb, but no special equipment is required at all. Keep looking to the right for Tangerine Falls. When you finally get to the Falls, you will come upon a big boulder. The rock is climbable, but it takes some doing. Look closely, and be creative, but careful. You will find your way up.Show more
#8 - Cold Spring Trail Loop
Gould Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
#9 - Saddle Rock Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
#10 - San Ysidro Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 5 h 23 m
Please note that this trail was damaged during a mudslide. The Los Padres National Forest says the trail is currently open. There have been reports that is it not accessible from the trailhead on E Mountain Drive. The trail should be accessible from E Camino Cielo. Please check in with the Los Padres National Forest for the most up-to-date information. San Ysidro follows the course of the San Ysidro Creek along West Park Lane (private road, no public parking), then along the Edison Catway, and finally along trail. Of the local trails, it offers the greatest amount of shade for this climb. The rocky canyon walls are popular with local climbers. Deep pools become popular summer destinations while the waterfall, always at least a trickle, becomes popular after the winter rains.Show more
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