Best trails in Santa Ynez, California

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Looking for a great trail near Santa Ynez, California? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, views 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 around Gaviota State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Rattlesnake Canyon Park or Gould Park. Ready for some activity? There are 3 moderate trails in Santa Ynez ranging from 4.1 to 8.6 miles and from 1,312 to 4,235 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 Ynez, California
Top trails (7)
#1 - Grass Mountain Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 3 h 44 m
Starting off easy, this trail steadily increases in difficulty until the final mile directly up the side of the mountain to the peak. It is not the highest mountain in the area, but still has commanding views over most the surrounding area. A permit is required. (See contact information.)Show more
#2 - Lover's Loop via Grass Mountain Trail
Santa Ynez, California
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
This is a wonderful, diverse trail recommended for anybody who wants a 2-hour outing. It's perfect for running with lots of gradual ups and downs. There are both sunny or shady sections depending on where you are on the mountain.Show more
#3 - Aniso Trail from El Capitan State Beach to Refugio State Beach
El Capitan State Beach
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
Accessibility: This trail is paved with asphalt and is estimated to be 3 to 9 feet wide. There are two very steep sections estimated over 12% in the first mile but past that (on the western half), the grade is gentler. These have been marked with waypoints as wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users may need to avoid them for safety. There is another parking lot by waypoint number 1 which may be a better place to park at to skip these very steep sections. There are 6 designated handicapped-accessible parking spots at the parking lot by waypoint 1 with access aisles.Show more
#4 - West Camino Cielo Road
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 28 m
#5 - Zaca Ridge OHV Road 8N02
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 8.6 mi
#6 - Ranger Peak Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 43 m
#7 - Happy Canyon Road Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m