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Santa Barbara Hikes

Potrero Trail

Portrero Trail to Hurricane Deck

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For:Steep, rugged, remote.
Potrero Trail Meadow
Meadow on Potrero Trail in spring

Portrero Trail is a challenging climb up to Hurricane Deck, where there are amazing vistas of the rugged, remote back country wilderness. It is very very hot in summer and the trail, after it begins climbing out of the river bed, has no water at all and very limited shade. For this reason it is best not to attempt this hike in summer, when temperatures can reach into the 90s and 100s. In fact, it gets so hot on Hurricane Deck that the rocks clink together when you walk on them like high-fired china dishes!

But don't be persuaded against Portrero Trail and Hurricane Deck. The thrill of the sheer cliff vista point, the intense remoteness of the area, and the lure of the name - Hurricane Deck - is what draws you back again and again.

Portrero Trail hike follows the Manzana trail toward the schoolhouse, then veers to the right to climb Hurricane Deck to a pleasant vista. The total mileage is around 8 miles round trip.

You will need an Adventure Pass Pass to park at the trailhead.

Boulder, CO Leave No Trace Frountcountry program