The Best Running in Santa Barbara County

Looking for the best running in Santa Barbara County? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Santa Barbara County. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top running spots in and near Santa Barbara County

  • Santa Barbara, California

    Santa Barbara Waterfront

    4.85 mi / 26 ft gain
    Santa Barbara Waterfront is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Santa Barbara, California.
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  • Santa Barbara, California

    Shoreline Park

    1.35 mi / 59 ft gain
    Shoreline Park is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Santa Barbara, California.
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  • Santa Barbara, California

    Arroyo Burro Beach Loop

    1.26 mi / 62 ft gain
    Arroyo Burro Beach Loop is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Santa Barbara, California.
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  • Santa Barbara, California

    Rattlesnake Canyon

    4.54 mi / 1614 ft gain
    Rattlesnake Canyon is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Santa Barbara, California.
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  • Santa Barbara, California

    Hike to Inspiration Point

    4.0
    3.5 mi / 800 ft gain
    Hike up the 3.5 mile trail to an unbeatable vista that will leave you smiling! This hike has a steady uphill climb from the trailhead off of Tunnel Rd into Los Padres National Forest. Keep in mind this trail can get pretty crowded on weekends, so you're best to be at the trail early in the mornin...
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  • Santa Barbara, California

    Inspiration Point

    3.47 mi / 1017 ft gain
    Inspiration Point is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Santa Barbara, California.
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  • Santa Barbara, California

    Seven Falls Trail

    3.39 mi / 1033 ft gain
    Seven Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Santa Barbara, California.
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  • Santa Barbara, California

    Hike La Cumbre Peak via Tunnel Trail

    10 mi / 3000 ft gain
    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 ...
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  • Montecito, California

    Montecito Peak Trail

    6.45 mi / 2398 ft gain
    Montecito Peak Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Santa Barbara, California.
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  • Montecito, California

    Cold Spring Trail Loop

    2.67 mi / 883 ft gain
    Cold Spring Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Santa Barbara, California.
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  • Montecito, California

    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. The trails running up Cold Spring canyon offer a variety of experiences without all the noise.To find the West Fork of Cold Spring Trail, take the Olive Mill Rd. exit from the 101 freew...
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  • Montecito, California

    Ennisbrook Park

    1.75 mi / 167 ft gain
    Ennisbrook Park is a loop trail that is good for all skill levels located near Santa Barbara, California.
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  • Santa Barbara, California

    Atascadero Creek Trail

    2.94 mi / 518 ft gain
    Atascadero Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Santa Barbara, California.
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  • Santa Barbara, California

    Gibraltar Dam via Matias Trail

    8.31 mi / 2333 ft gain
    Gibraltar Dam via Matias Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Santa Barbara, California.
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  • Santa Barbara, California

    San Antonio Creek Trail

    3.01 mi / 325 ft gain
    San Antonio Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Santa Barbara, California.
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  • Santa Barbara, California

    Forbush Flat and Cottam Camp via Blue Canyon Trail

    6.98 mi / 1955 ft gain
    Forbush Flat and Cottam Camp via Blue Canyon Trail is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Santa Barbara, California.
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