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Santa Barbara Hikes

7 Falls

7 Falls

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For:Agility required, rock hopping, short

7 Falls (and 3 Pools) hikes are probably the most fun of all the Tunnel Trail hikes. Neither is easy, but both are fun because of the opportunity to go for a dip in the creek. Most people in some kind of decent shape can handle these hikes, but because of the rock hopping most people end up a little sore the next day.

The trail begins on a paved access road that the Edison Company uses. After a mile the road turns to dirt and you follow it just a little more toward the turnoff to Inspiration Pt. Instead of going to Inspiration Pt, you turn right and slosh your way up the creek to 7 Falls.

The hike is about 2 or 3 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 800 ft.

Please note: Parking at the trailhead is limited and strict. You must park behind the white line or else they really do ticket and tow. It is a congested neighborhood and parking within the white line helps emergency vehicles get through. Please be courteous to car traffic as you walk up and down the road and let residents get through. Please keep dogs on leash because there is a flock of free-range chickens that lives in the area. Residents have been pretty vocal about the traffic and safety issues in the area and your courtesy will keep the trailhead open.

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It's all dry. Even the dam. If you came here to swim, then you're wasting time.
Posted by: Denisea  on  2017-05-28
Creek is flowing well and all pools are completely full. Haven't seen this much water in years! Water is chilly but very refreshing. Lots of poison oak but it's easy to avoid if you're looking for it.
Posted by: JasonD222  on  2017-03-12
Aug 17th 2012- Hiked/ climbed creek past 7 falls. Completely dry. 1 of Three pools has a tiny bit of water that all the local critters were bathing in, Swam with two snakes and several salamander. Water level was very low. Do a rain dance to bring some seriously needed rainfall this season~[/img]
Posted by: naturemommalala  on  2012-09-11
Hiked 7 Falls today (July 21, 2012) and the creek was completely dry unfortunately. Still pretty fun to boulder hop up the creek bed although there was no water to cool us off.
Posted by: ArianaQ  on  2012-07-21
I hiked this trail on 6/4/11 and it was great. Lots of water and beauty was everywhere. The trail had lots of poison oak around so be mindful of it. The water was extremely cold. I was great weather. You should use plenty of team work on this trail due to difficulty over some of the large rocks. It was overall an excellent hike.
Posted by: billkelly1313  on  2011-06-13
Just hiked it today all the way round trip... It was nice and the water was cold..
Posted by: Spudnic  on  2010-02-18