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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.

#5: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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.

#4: Inspiration Point

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.

#3: Tangerine Falls

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.

#2: Rattlesnake Canyon

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.

#1: 7 Falls, 3 Pools

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 creek crossing you’ll stumble on three pools – perfect for swimming, sliding, and cliff jumping.

Ready to explore the Santa Barbara back country? Visit now while the hills are green and the rates are low. Book our Club Santa Barbara rate direct for the lowest rate available.