Davy Brown Trail

Los Olivos, California

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This uphill canyon hike rewards pooches and their companions with a year- round creek, swimming holes, and a good dose of shade under sycamore canopies. The views of the San Rafael Mountains are just an added bonus. The drive to the trailhead from CA 154 is a picturesque treat of horse ranches and meadows against the backdrop of Santa Ynez and San Rafael stadium of mountain ridges. The Davy Brown Trail, named after Davy William Brown, a pioneer who lived in a cabin here from 1879 to 1895, is a perfect introduction to Santa Barbara County’s backcountry and the Los Padres National Forest Recreation Area. The creek runs year- round, and even after four years of drought, this creek had a healthy gurgle and several inviting swimming holes. This hike is especially picturesque in the fall, when sycamore trees are dressed in gold.
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by Linda and David Mullally (Falcon Guides)

This uphill canyon hike rewards pooches and their companions with a year- round creek, swimming holes, and a good dose of shade under sycamore canopies. The views of the San Rafael Mountains are just an added bonus.

The drive to the trailhead from CA 154 is a picturesque treat of horse ranches and meadows against the backdrop of Santa Ynez and San Rafael stadium of mountain ridges. The Davy Brown Trail, named after Davy William Brown, a pioneer who lived in a cabin here from 1879 to 1895, is a perfect introduction to Santa Barbara County’s backcountry and the Los Padres National Forest Recreation Area. The creek runs year- round, and even after four years of drought, this creek had a healthy gurgle and several inviting swimming holes. This hike is especially picturesque in the fall, when sycamore trees are dressed in gold.

© 2016 Linda and David Mullally/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Los Olivos
Distance: 5.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 2,064 feet
Top Elevation: 3,501 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Los Padres National Forest, Santa Lucia Ranger District, 1616 N. Carlotti Dr., Santa Maria 93454; (805) 925-9538; fs.usda.gov/lpnf
Local Maps: USGS Bald Mountain, Figueroa Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Davy Brown Trail

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