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Best trails in Santa Ynez

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Looking for a great trail near Santa Ynez, California? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife 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 Nojoqui Falls County Park. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 3 hard trails in Santa Ynez ranging from 5.2 to 8.6 miles and from 1,312 to 4,648 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
Top trails (6)
#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 commandiShow more
#2 - Lover's Loop via Grass Mountain Trail
Santa Ynez, California
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
Lover's Loop via Grass Mountain Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Ynez, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is pShow more
#3 - West Camino Cielo Road
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 28 m
West Camino Cielo Road is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Santa Ynez, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is priShow more
#4 - Ranger Peak Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 43 m
Ranger Peak Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Ynez, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily usedShow more
#5 - Happy Canyon Road Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
Happy Canyon Road Trail is a 4.4 mile out and back trail located near Santa Ynez, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking andShow more
#6 - Zaca Ridge OHV Road 8N02 [CLOSED]
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 29 m
Note: As of May 2019, this trail is temporarily closed. Please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lpnf/recarea/?recid=81733 for more information.Show more