Looking for a great trail near Santa Barbara, California? AllTrails has 69 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 Cachuma Lake Recreation Area. Ready for some activity? There are 28 moderate trails in Santa Barbara ranging from 1.2 to 19.4 miles and from 16 to 3,976 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
2 days ago

It is dry for the first mile or two but if you keep going you will reach pool 1 pool 2 pool 3. This app helped so much getting there.

hiking
4 days ago

Really fun trail. Challenging but easy enough for a beginner. Leads into a bunch of other trails if you wish to be a little more adventurous

Trail is well-maintained and, while rocky, doesn’t have any required scrambling like Cathedral Peak. It does provide quite a workout and is a great hike for backpacking training. During the summer, the first couple miles of the trail get really hot by about 9 am; leaving the trailhead at 7 am was noticeably improved over a previous trip that started at 8:30 am. After I approached the intersection with the Rattlesnake Canyon connector, I found on both days that there’s enough of a breeze to remain fairly comfortable. The amount of shade on the trail varies by time of day, as a large part of it comes from the canyon ridge itself, but there are a decent number of trees along the way.

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over grown
8 days ago

As the previous review stated, the trail is unfortunately very overgrown. The first mile is alright with just some long grasses, but it became so hard to get through that we actually decided to turn back before we made it to the falls

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no shade
8 days ago

Technically the road to the trail head is closed in both directions, but you can park a little ways down the road and if the construction crew is feeling nice they will pause their work to let you walk by. I hope the trail in the clockwise direction, which I would definitely recommend her so that you are heading uphill where there is trees, shade, and the creek. Then you will be heading down hill where it’s sunny with no shade. I hike with my two dogs, and we almost went through 4 out of 5L of water I brought, so come prepared. Nice ocean view from the top, but the hills are really dry and dusty right now. Nice, quick hike though, and looks like somebody cut it back recently, it is not overgrown at all.

hiking
11 days ago

Sign says closed but you can follow the road close to where the creek bed is. There is a sign and a path that leads to the fork (West Trail). Go to the right and follow that path all the way to the little waterfall. Takes you all the way to the top and it’s pretty well marked. Saw sev other hikers. Once at the top you can turn around an go back down the way you came up or head down the opposite side like I did. A bit hard to get down the first 1/2 mile or so but otherwise fine. You end up opposite side of the road but not very hard to go through the creek bed and climb back up to where you parked.

hiking
12 days ago

Awesome, just awesome! A tad bit hot though.

hiking
12 days ago

Go early for cooler conditions and bring lots of water. There is a fair amount of rocky uphill terrain and some scree /scrably bits that require sure footedness. Not a ton of shade but enough. A great hike.

hiking
12 days ago

We didn’t do inspiration but still fun long challenging loop

I didn't realize that it was $10 to park at the site. I think the hike was okay, very hot out when we were hiking around 11 AM.

hiking
14 days ago

I loved this hike! Mostly uphill for first duration, making for a great work out without worrying about difficulty in the end. Went there today at 730 only saw 3 different people the entire hike. Beautiful views , also running creek. Just a great hike!

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bugs
no shade
14 days ago

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blowdown
no shade
off trail
rocky
14 days ago

I did not go beyond the 1 mike mark, at this point you have to scale a shake rock ledge with no path, I attempted two paths, however for sure I would falll down the 100 foot canyon, so try again when not alone .

hiking
14 days ago

A fun outing for a Saturday morning! We did this in August, so it was hot, but there was a good mix of shade and up/downhills to keep us feeling good. Not a spectacular view since it was foggy over the ocean but still a cool panorama at the top!

hiking
no shade
over grown
14 days ago

I’d definitely come back but I’d start from the Romero Trailhead that’s on the opposite side of where All Trails has the Buena Vista start point. There are paths that are overgrown that made the trail more difficult to find but overall, it’s a nice trail. Not too hard or easy. I came in late August and the creeks still had flowing water in them. They were beautiful. Bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water. It got hot and there wasn’t much shade at all. Just patches here and there.

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rocky
17 days ago

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bugs
no shade
rocky
17 days ago

long gradual incline if you go right at the fork. took us about 2.5 hours

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off trail
over grown
22 days ago

Very overgrown in parts and no signage

hiking
bugs
23 days ago

Great view, but a little buggy and poorly marked

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