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.
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Diane's Big Adventures
Fires and floods
I don't have special information about the status of the trails. I'm just a hiker like any regular person. There are a lot of people out there who are bigger experts than me who also have more inside information into the status of our trails. You can find some of them in the list of blogs on the bottom of the front page.
From what I can tell, this list of trails includes those that are probably completely gone and inaccessible for the foreseable future.
- Buena Vista
- San Ysidro
- Blue Canyon
- Forbush Flat
- Little Caliente
- Alder Creek
- Indian Creek
- Little Pine Mountain
- 19 Oaks
These two trails are probably fine, (honestly, I don't really know) but you can't get to them because roads are closed right now.
- Aliso Canyon - Sage Hill is closed, as is Upper Oso
- Devils Canyon - Red Rock is open so you can get to it that way, but I don't know if you can get to it from Matias Potrero.
This is not an exhaustive list of every trail in the Los Padres. It's just a list of trails I describe on this site. To see an official and more up-to-date list, go to the Los Padres National Forest Alerts and Notices page.
The good news is that trails to the west of Rattlesnake, including Rattlesnake, are untouched by the fires. You can hike the trail networks of Rattlesnake, Tunnel, Jesusita and Arroyo Burro and not even know there was a fire. Neighborhood trails like Steven's Park and San Antonio Creek, the bluffs around the beaches in Goleta, and Gaviota State Park are all okay as well. The San Rafael Wilderness was also unaffected by the Thomas fire. There are still lots of places to hike!
Finding Solace in Nature
12 Jan, 2018
Lower Manzana trail work
30 Dec, 2017
Lost Valley trail work
29 Dec, 2017