Best trails in Santa Ynez, California

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Looking for a great trail near Santa Ynez, California? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, views trails, wild flowers 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. 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, California
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 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 - West Camino Cielo Road
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 28 m
#4 - Zaca Ridge OHV Road 8N02
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 29 m
During the winter, this trail may close. Please check with the park page for more information here:https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lpnf/recarea/?recid=81733Show more
#5 - Ranger Peak Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 43 m
#6 - Happy Canyon Road Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m