Hike the Saddle Rock Loop

Saddle Rock Loop Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Samantha Drake

This trail gets your heart pumping for a very good cause...the view of the coastline and ocean from Saddle Rock is spellbinding and the Saddle Rock formation makes for a great photo-op.

Begin at the trailhead in the parking area on E. Valley Road. You'll gain some elevation (don't forget your water). You'll know when you arrive at Saddle Rock--you can't miss this conspicuous rock formation. Enjoy the sights from here. If you plan carefully and hike up on a clear day, you may even glimpse the Channel Islands way out on the horizon.

Distance

2.9 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

895 ft Gain

Type

Loop

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Family Friendly
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

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Good workout close to town

Saddle Rock is a good hike/run and a close option if you're staying in Santa Barbara. The uphill portions aren't tough, but good enough to get a sweat going and the trail is pretty well established. There were a few small creek crossings when I did this hike as it was raining really hard all weekend, but during drier weather, it shouldn't be too challenging. At the high point, you'll come across a heart-shaped gathering of rocks.

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