Top 5 hiking trails in Santa Barbara
Spring is here, and if the rolling green hills and seaside bluffs of the central coast are calling, we’re here to help you answer. Read below for our 5 favorite trails.
Easy |1.3 Mile Loop
If wildflower meadows, shady redwood groves, and easy walking paths is your style – then look no further than the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens. This loop will take you through over 1,000 unique and native Californian plants.
Moderate |2.9 miles, 912 ft. elevation gain
Photo Credit: Brianne from Everyday Runaway
For those looking for an intermediate climb and iconic Santa Barbara view, Inspiration Point is for you. It ends at a beautiful and rewarding overlook where you can see downtown, the ocean and the Channel Islands on a clear day.
Moderate | 2.5 miles, 971 ft elevation gain
After a wet winter or spring rain, follow this lush trail with plenty of shade to a one hundred foot waterfall and incredible ocean views.
Difficult | 4.4 miles, 1,600 ft. elevation gain
This more challenging hike has it all, expansive mountain and ocean views, meadows galore, and lots of running water.
Moderate | 3.2 miles, 843 ft elevation gain
Beloved by locals, this is the ultimate adventure hike. After a couple miles of hiking, bouldering, and a intermediate creek crossing, you’ll stumble on three pools – perfect for swimming, sliding, and cliff jumping.