Welcome to Santa Barbara Hikes!
Santa Barbara has some of the best hiking anywhere, and lots of it!
Lots of hiking trails are listed here with maps, topos and directions to the trailhead. Print out what you need and take it with you.
Then, come back and talk about your adventure.
Latest Hiking Adventures and Information
- Lessons Learned in Adventure Stories
Thanks for sharing your adventure. Glad you made it out alive. I did that same hike last ... (2 Replies) - kirby805, 05/12/13
- Fire Restriction in General Discussion
Also see Santa Lucia district info: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/alerts-notices/?cid... (2 Replies) - Diane, 03/12/13
- Water Report for Thankgiving in General Discussion
I have been itching to get back out but it seems that its still dry in my go to spots. Th... (1 Reply) - najman, 27/11/13
- Springs at Chokeberry, Madulce, Upper Bear & Big Pine in General Discussion
Thought I'd update everyone. Trip was a great success. Thanks for all the water reports.... (5 Replies) - jamesm113, 26/11/13
- Recent LPFA Reports with trail/water info in General Discussion
Thanks Diane for sending along. (4 Replies) - Bryan, 24/11/13
Diane's Big Adventures
The Ultimate Hike
Every year we do a hike called the "Ultimate Hike." It's the 9 trails hike. I guess there are actually 10 trails.
- Jesusita Trail
- Tunnel Trail
- Rattlesnake Connector
- Rattlesnake Trail
- West Fork Cold Springs
- East Fork Cold Springs
- Hot Springs
- San Ysidro
- Buena Vista Trail
You could add two more trails and make it a 12 trail hike. Just add Bud Girard or Saddlerock trail and McMenemy.
It's 17.5 miles long and you connect these trails with a brief segment along Gibraltar Road and a few times on the Edison Catway. If you are in decent shape and start around 8am you can finish around 4pm usually. One year we finished at 3pm and one year we finished closer to 6pm.
Years ago there was a trail run on this route the same day we would do it. The run went there and back. We would usually see the winner of the race while we hiked down Gibraltar Road, which was before lunch. Then we would see the majority of the rest of the racers around the Hot Springs/San Ysidro section. It always looked like a brutal run. Eventually they turned it into the Red Rock ultra and it became a 50 miler. I always thought maybe someday I would try it, but 50 miles is just too much and I can't seem to run on trails. I can't see where I'm going.
We had perfect weather yesterday. It was cool in the morning, a little hot in mid-day and perfect in the afternoon.
I think with a decent frontcountry map you could probably work out all the connections for this hike yourself. You can almost see the entire route with Bryan's Matillija/Dick Smith map. But even though some of it is missing, you could probably figure out the missing parts. Or die trying if you are directionally challenged.