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Valerie Axworthy

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Hiking trails in Santa Barbara?

I've heard there are really cool hiking trails right outside the city. Does anyone have recommendations?

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  • Chris Wagner

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    Seven Falls is amazing. Beautiful views.

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  • Sarah Bacon

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    Yes! A great one to get started with is Inspiration Point or Rattlesnake Canyon Trail. Both are pretty easy and about a 5 minute drive from downtown. Jesusita Trail is more challenging and shares the Inspiration Point trailhead. San Ysidro Trail and Cold Spring Trail are also popular but longer and more difficult.

    Maybe a 15 minute drive from downtown, Lizard's Mouth is fun rock hopping with views, if you happen to be going up the 154: http://www.santabarbarahikes.com/hikes/caminocielo/lizardsmouth

    Check out the front country hikes listed here along with trailhead and driving descriptions:
    http://www.santabarbarahikes.com/hikes/frontcountry/

    Note that it's super dry, so don't choose a hike expecting to see a waterfall :)

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      These are awesome, Sarah! Can't wait to check em out. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Rob Burns

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    Contact the Montecito trails foundation, they have a great map of the front country. John McKinney "the trail master" thetrailmaster.com is a local expert you should check out.

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    I remember a nice hike up Gaviota Peak I did a while back. Not too hard, but a nice afternoon hike and nice view from the top.

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  • Andreas McDermott

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    I have three favorites:

    Inspiration point is the easiest. It is about 3.5 miles round trip (up to inspiration point and back down again). Lots of uphill first half.

    Jesusita trail is the same as Inspiration Point until you get to the peak, but then continues down on the other side. It is very nice, but the downside is that it doesn't take you back to the starting point which can be a problem if you have you parked your car at the start. It is about 7 miles.

    Tunnel is a nice, but tougher hike. It is about 11 miles round trip. The trails starts at the same place as the other two hikes, and goes up to the highest peak in Santa Barbara County. The first half is all uphill (last mile on a car road from the end of the trail to the peak) and then it is the same way down again. Because there is car access to the peak it is possible to be picked up by car.

    All three hikes start at the end of 1488 Tunnel Rd. There is limited parking space so it is good to be there early.

    For other options this is a good site: http://www.santabarbarahikes.com/hikes/frontcountry/

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