This is a beautiful trail. You will get gorgeous views of Cachuma Lake while climbing, and great views of the coast when you reach the summit. Another bonus is that there are two geocaches at the top for you to look for.
This is a challenging hike, with 2000ft elevation gain in 4 miles, one way. Total mileage is approximately 8 miles.
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We hiked the trail today.very nice , the steepest parts are at the beginning.We started at 9, shade was just right.
No water but in the first quater mile.
I mtb 4to5 times a week, do not go with your bike, it is steep, not technical .If you still want to go riding there 30x43 is the minimum.
On the way back we had a sandwitch at Santa Ynez Grocerie store .If it is open go to Los alamos bakery and get a Salami on French baguette.
Posted by: francois
Went up Tequepis on Jan. 30 2016 with a lab who came back with about 100 ticks. Check yourself and your dogs!
Posted by: mtnsky
Worked off my 9 hours of jet lag on Tequepis Trail yesterday. Started from the parking lot at the entrance of Circle V / Saint Vincent de Paul Camp late afternoon. Went up to Tequepis Trail Summit on Camino Cielo. Trail was in excellent condition. Lots of shady stretches up to the top. Total round trip time 3 1/2 hours (2 up, 1 1/2 down). And - to add some international flavor to this site :wink: - 6.53Km one-way distance and a 725m elevation gain (so my gps says). Magnificent views all the way. Met exactly one couple on their way down - and a blackish pig-sized 'thing', very quick to get off the trail. Highly recommend this trail.
Posted by: wowo
Just hiked Tequepis this Sunday. Didn't see a soul in the trail, except for a friendly forest service fire crew in the bottom part. The trail is very well maintained and absolutely clean, which was very nice to see. As it is on a north face, the sun is angled to the South in late October and there's medium and short forest all the way up, so it was very shady. And the temperature was perfect. And the views gorgeous, to the lake and the mountains on the North on the way up, and upon reaching the summit, to Sta Barbara and the Ocean to the South.
Posted by: Tonosan
Hiked the upper stretch of the Tequepis Trail with my 6-year-old on Sunday. Fantastic conditions, but some OHV riders had just been riding their bikes along the trail (where's a shotgun-toting Ranger when you really want one?), tearing things up.
Lots of the barriers along the ridge line have been pulled down ... I continue to lose respect for the OHV crowd. Sorry clowns, but when/if you lose your rights you'll just have your brethren to blame, and I won't feel a d*mned bit sorry for you.
The vegetation along West Camino Cielo's firebreak has recently been cleared; from Refugio Road all the way to Winchester Gun Club the chippers have been busy!
Posted by: Cross Tie Walker
Here are some photos from the hike.
Posted by: shunsick