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 or La Pursima Mission State Historic Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Santa Ynez Park. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 3 hard trails in Santa Ynez ranging from 4.5 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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off road driving
24 days ago

Nice little off-road trail. I just got my first 4x4 and decided to give it a go. Very easy and amazing views. Came in from Santa Ynez and ended up on refugio beach. I have 99 Frontier. Didn’t. Get to use my 4x4 but was still very nice.

Great hike today! Much better hike this time around bc we went counterclockwise, finishing on the downslope. Watch out for snakes. Encountered a large rattler on the path by the stream, near end of hike.

Great, well-marked trail. Permit is needed from Midland School which would have been good to know ahead of time. Take plenty of water as there is not a lot of shade.

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bugs
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rocky
2 months ago

This hike always tests my will, Strength and courage... Starts slow and easy then mostly incline, This time I calculated to 5.7 miles.. Always stay hydrated even with times now, Had a loss of focus of dehydration and a knee buckle coming down

Absolutely great hiking. Cows along the trail in some areas was of great interest to my dog Ella. Beautiful around every corner with nice creeks.

Good moderate trail for a morning hike!

Good morning hike! It was overcast so a great day for it. No major issues just make sure you stay on the trail.

beautiful. watch for snakes

bring trekking poles and you'll be good to go! beautiful hike, and great workout!

I was not expecting this hike to be this difficult. I have never needed trekking g poles, but a friend told me to take them. Am I ever glad I did. I think they saved my knees. Great views the whole hike and I saw the bald eagle that a previous hiker reported seeing. Took just under three hours round trip.

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scramble
5 months ago

This is an amazing hike, but very strenuous. Meanders and crosses a creek a few times, then starts climbing. Some scrambling is necessary in many spots. I saw several people slide coming down, many, including myself, decided to do the downhill slide on the butt. Not for the novice hiker. Views are amazing and the flowers are beautiful! Pictures don’t do it justice, the smell of the flowers as you trek along is intoxicating. Hiking pants or loose jeans best, as some butt sliding is necessary. Cannot stress how steep this is, but if you’ve got it in you, worth the climb! Bring water and snacks, this is a tough workout!

This is a lovely moderate, or perhaps a little less than moderate, trail that gives you amazing views of Grass Mountain without the strain of Grass Mountain. Plenty good of good bloom along this trail, albeit not as spectacular as actual Grass Mountain. Don't be an a-hole, park correctly so you don't make it a one lane road and cause nightmare traffic for everyone. You will be ticketed if you park poorly.

hiking
5 months ago

Go now! As of 5 April, the mountain is in full bloom. Go in the afternoon after the poppies have had time to open up and your reward awaits you at the top. Enjoy!!!

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no shade
scramble
5 months ago

Not for the novice!!! One of the hardest hikes I’ve done to date! HIGHLY recommend trekking poles, good shoes, starting early, PLENTY of water, layers and a good snack at the top! It’s pretty much a straight climb all the way up. Going down is almost as hard as going up, very rough on the knees, but SOOOOOO worth it. Beautiful experience, but you DEFINITELY have to work for it.

this trail kicked our butts but very rewarding and felt great once we reached the top. hardest part was coming back down. be prepared to fall, and get ready for the best leg burn of your life!

on Grass Mountain Trail

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rocky
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

So gnarly!! But so glad we made it to the top! My suggestions are...start early, wear trail running shoes, gloves for the hike down, and bring plenty of water. I say to bring gloves because I purposely slid my way down at some of the more loose rock areas.

running
5 months ago

Gorgeous!! Thanks for recommending, Shelley. Just have to be careful on the way down especially if not wearing trail running shoes.

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bugs
5 months ago

Sooooo hard! Beautiful trail but the second half on the way up, it’s nearly so torturous you don’t notice the beauty! Haha! But on the way down, we took lots of breaks to take in the beauty! It was very steep and on the way down, we slid a lot because it’s a lot of loose rock. Some people went up too far and didn’t have the athletic ability to come down...this is not a beginner trail. That being said, ALL ages of people were scrambling to the top! One of my favorite hikes I’ve ever done. The flowers are absolutely incredible!

Way harder than it looks. Trail is pretty difficult but worth it.

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no shade
rocky
5 months ago

Beautiful but treacherous!

Super Bloom in all its glory!! A leg burner for sure!!

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muddy
off trail
washed out
6 months ago

This trail was very muddy and messed up due to cows on the upper part of the trail. You can always get around it but it is a little treacherous on some hilltops. Overall, my fitbit logged 6.25 miles in just under three hours from Upper Lovers loop to the end, we did go the wrong way and have to loop back but not enough to add significant mileage on the above number. Lots of water at the beginning (if you're starting at Lower) or at the end (if you're going Upper first). Easy in terms of strain/athleticism but moderate in terms of length.

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