Tangerine Falls

Santa Barbara, California

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Beginning at the Cold Spring trailhead, this hike travels the west fork of the creek for a ways before branching off the main trail and following the middle fork. You will rock hop and climb your way up the creek past pools and cascades before arriving at the gorgeous 200-foot waterfall. Tangerine Falls is perhaps the most spectacular waterfall in the area. Almost 200 feet tall, the falls can be especially impressive after a big rain. The falls sits at the end of the middle fork of the Cold Spring Trail, which was the original route of the Cold Spring Road when it was used for traveling over the mountain. Although the site of the original route, it is no longer an established trail and can be somewhat difficult to follow at times. Increased usage over the years has helped form an unofficial trail. However, because there are some technical sections of boulder hopping that require coordination and a good grip, this trail is not recommended for small children.
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by Bryn Fox (Falcon Guides)

Beginning at the Cold Spring trailhead, this hike travels the west fork of the creek for a ways before branching off the main trail and following the middle fork. You will rock hop and climb your way up the creek past pools and cascades before arriving at the gorgeous 200-foot waterfall.

Tangerine Falls is perhaps the most spectacular waterfall in the area. Almost 200 feet tall, the falls can be especially impressive after a big rain. The falls sits at the end of the middle fork of the Cold Spring Trail, which was the original route of the Cold Spring Road when it was used for traveling over the mountain. Although the site of the original route, it is no longer an established trail and can be somewhat difficult to follow at times. Increased usage over the years has helped form an unofficial trail. However, because there are some technical sections of boulder hopping that require coordination and a good grip, this trail is not recommended for small children.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Santa Barbara
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest; (805) 967-3481; Montecito Trails Foundation; (805) 5680833
Local Maps: USGS Carpinteria
Driving Directions: Directions to Tangerine Falls

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