Hike to Inspiration Point in Rattlesnake Canyon

Inspiration Point Trailhead, Santa Barbara - Search Nearby - Added by The Outbound Collective

Get on the up and up to see the finest views of Santa Barbara, and oh--watch out for rattlesnakes.

Hike up the 3.5 mile trail to an unbeatable vista that will leave you smiling despite the chronic uphill that got you there. Inspiration point is in Rattlesnake Canyon State Park, so, naturally, be on the lookout for slithery reptile friends. Be sure to bring sturdy shoes as parts of the trail may have loose footing.

Joshua Green, Kerry Woods

Distance

3.5 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

800 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Fitness, Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Classic Hike

Really short hike, it has a great view of the county but that's pretty much it. You hike for the view, and the hike is fairly short. Worth a view of the sunset or sunrise (not sure which one you see from the viewpoint). Classic destination for UCSB students.

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