This beautiful trail in the Santa Ynez Mountains showcases magnificent views of Santa Barbara and the pacific ocean.

This trail is a 1.8 mile loop that is ideal for families or anyone looking for a short but spectacular hike. Begin at the trailhead where Cold Spring Creek crosses Mountain Drive. Follow the trail with a wooden sign--not the one with a rusty sign. Stay right at every fork. There will be a couple creeks to cross, but these are normally quite mild. If you know there has been a lot of rain lately then be prepared for the water to be a little higher and bring appropriate footwear. The bonus of hiking after rains is seeing the waterfalls along the trail!

Photo: Amber & Eric Davila, Gregor Grunz, Lorie Rielly

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Camera
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RT Distance 1.8 Miles
Elevation Gain 682 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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Hike the Cold Spring Trail to Montecito Peak

Park in the lot east of where Cold spring creek intersects Mountain Road. The correct trailhead is the one with the wooden sign, do not take the trail with a rusty metal sign.

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Begin at the trailhead in the parking area on E. Valley Road. You'll gain some elevation (don't forget your water).

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Hike the West Fork of Cold Spring

If you love the mountains above Santa Barbara but hate the crowds, stick to the canyon trails on the east side.

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