The Cold Springs Trail in Montecito begins by a small shady creek and ascends to a turnoff to Montecito Peak, a steep but short climb, offering beautiful ocean panoramas and views of Montecito. At the top of Cold Springs Trail, hikers have the option to continue hiking down the other side of the mountain and into the back country. This hike is 9 miles round trip.
This 2,458 foot peak offers views of the Pacific Coast looking south toward Santa Barbara, as well as Hollister Ranch and Jalama, located just north of Gaviota. This steep incline is great for both experts or for novice hikers looking for a challenge.
The Hot Springs are an easy detour off the Gaviota Peak Trail when hikers are looking to rest their legs. Sulfur bubbles warm the water and the top pool is deep enough to bathe in. This is a short one mile hike with a 400 foot elevation gain.
Inspiration Point provides breathtaking views of Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands. Most of the hike is in the mountains, making the 3.5 mile round trip trail perfect for the average hiker. Inspiration Point is popular for sunset hikes, and some locals enjoy gentle yoga at the top.
Located on the ridge of the Santa Ynez Mountains, Lizard’s Mouth is an array of boulders overlooking the city of Goleta. It is perfect for rock climbing, picnicking, or simply meditating and enjoying the sunset. It is a simple 1/4 mile walk to the start of the boulders, where hikers can begin exploring.
The seven mile Romero Canyon Trail is popular for both hikers and mountain bikers. The first few miles follow a creek where trees provide shelter from the sun. The incline of this trail is best for experienced hikers and the summit offers gorgeous views of the ocean and Montecito.
Beginning in the same location as the Inspiration Point Trail, Seven Falls branches off to bring hikers to three layered pools, where one has the opportunity to take a dip and cool off on a hot day. This is one of Santa Barbara’s most well-known hiking destinations.
After a rainy season, the Tangerine Falls Trail leads hikers to a beautiful Santa Barbara waterfall. The 2.5 mile hike along a creek provides ample shade, and also offers ocean views. Although the waterfall dries out for most of the year, this location is a must-see after a spring rain.
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