Front Country Activities

Arroyo Burro Trail

Once the main passageway into the backcountry for the Chumash, it is a trail rich with history.

There's just a wisp of a line across the ridge line anymore, a long thread of a line that suggests more of a past than it does the future. This is the Arroyo Burro Trail, once the main passageway into the backcountry for the Chumash. It is a trail rich with history. Read story.

Cold Springs Trail-East Fork

Deep and shaded by alders, the perennial creek offers scores of places to spend an afternoon. Even the name suggests something special.

Absolutely my very favorite trail. Within a few yards of your car the pools begin. Deep and shaded by alders, the perennial creek offers scores of places to spend an afternoon. Even the name suggests something special. Cold Springs represents the shortest distance you can travel to get the furthest away from Santa Barbara. Read story.

Cold Springs-West Fork

Gateway to Tangerine Falls and a Water Tunnel Built in 1905

Though not a long nor well-known trail, it leads up a very pretty canyon to Gibraltar Road. A side trip along the way leads to Tangerine Falls and the upper end of the Middle Fork canyon. Read story.

Inspiration Point

Great Views and the Perfect Power Walk

Whether for an early morning or evening hike, Inspiration Point is the perfect hike. Read story.

Jesusita Trail

So close to civilization yet a very special getaway nonetheless.

Today there are large homes jutting out on either sides of San Roque Canyon and what is left of the pastoral life is comprised mainly of avocado ranching. But as you enter the canyon and begin to walk along the creek's edge the feeling of being in a very special place still remains. Read story.

La Cumbre Peak Off-Trail Scramble

Don't Try This Without a Guide Who's Completed It Before

Mighty La Cumbre Peak looms north, high above my puny dwelling on Santa Barbara’s Westside. Read story.

Old Romero Road

Closed to through traffic in the 70s, a trail everyone can enjoy.

Closed to through traffic in the 70s, a trail everyone can enjoy: hikers; trail runners,; mountain bikers; and by horse. The grade is gentle and the views superb. Read story.

Parma Park - East

More rugged terrain, the main eastside hike takes you to a great view point. Read story.

Parma Park - West

Beautiful Open Grasslands and Oak Woodland Make This Part of the Park a Wonderful Place for Kids

Originally owned by the Parma Family, the west part of the park is perfect for an early morning or evening hike. Read story.

Rattlesnake Canyon Trail

Rattlesnake Canyon serpentines its way up into the Santa Ynez Mountains, its name appropriate: the gently curving canyon has the shape of a rattler sunbathing on a deserted sand bar. Though it is actually a tributary of Mission Creek, it has a character and a history all its own. Read story.

Rocky Ridge Off-Trail Scramble

Not Recommended

Viewed from Santa Barbara, the rounded "peak" east of La Cumbre is a chaotic jumble of large pink and tan boulders with a few gorgeous conifers mixed in. Read story.

Romero Canyon Trail

A picturesque canyon with loop possibilities.

A picturesque canyon with loop possibilities and great views from the crest make this a wonderful hike. Read story.

Romero Edison Road

Though not a trail it provides great views and an excellent connector.

For hikers who would like to experience the feeling of a walk along the upper edges of Montecito, where you can look down on the coastline from a lofty perch nearly 1200' in elevation above the valley floor, the route up to the Buena Vista lookout provides just such an experience. Read story.

San Antonio Creek Trail

A Great Place to Take Kids

Looking for an easy introductory hike for the kids, the San Antonio Creek Trail is almost level and provides plenty of places to play. Read story.

Stevens Park

A trail that every kid will love

The hike begins at the upper end of the park where the grass gives way to a wide dirt path which is very easy for even the youngest of children to walk on. Almost immediately you are immersed in canyon vegetation with oak trees and sycamore trees your companions. Read story.

Tangerine Falls

Best Waterfall in the Santa Barbara Area

For those who love big waterfalls and scenic spots, when the water is running, Tangerine Falls is the best. You'll find this delicious waterfall at the end of a tantalizing scramble up a beautiful canyon. Read story.

The Rock Garden

A Loop Hike to Die For; Though Challenging It Leads to Unimagined Inspiration

A combination of both trail hiking and off-trail scrambling, you'll climb a fantastic ridge that leads to awe-inspiring sandstone. Read story.

hot springs

Though not an official trail today, the Middle Fork Trail follows the historic route up to the crest and into a delightful canyon. There is even a scramble route to the crest if you've got the energy to make it that far. Read story.

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