Beautiful day hike to highest peak in Santa Barbara with a massive waterfall near the top.

Tunnel Trail is a great way to get to the top of La Cumbre Peak. You get to the trail head by taking Tunnel Road until it dead ends at a large water tower, there you can park your car and start on foot. You take spyglass ridge road up which is a paved fire road until it becomes dirt when you get onto tunnel trail. About three and a half miles after turning into tunnel trail you will find a massive waterfall which, after a good rain is flowing nicely. Continue past and you get to East Cielo road and its just a short distance to the peak from there. At the peak you will find an outhouse along with a table for lunch. The hike offers views back down into santa barbara the whole time and once at the top you can see out east as well.

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Water
  • Food
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Daypack
  • Mountain bike (optional)
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RT Distance 10 Miles
Elevation Gain 3000 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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