Cold Springs Trail

Gould Park, California

Elevation Gain6,683ft
Trailhead Elevation747ft
Elevation Min/Max747/3426ft
Elevation Start/End747/747ft

Cold Springs Trail

Cold Springs Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Santa Barbara County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest and Gould Park. It is 7.2 miles long and begins at 747 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,683 feet. Along the trail there is a water tank. This trail connects with the following: West Fork, Cold Springs Trail.

Cold Springs Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The hike up the East Fork of Cold Spring Canyon follows Cold Spring Creek through an alder, bay, and oak forest. Between the steep canyon walls are creek crossings, deep pools, and waterfalls. The destination is Montecito Overlook, a spectacular vista point that spans up and down the coast from the ocean to the mountains."

"The hike up Cold Spring Canyon passes numerous cascades, pools, and waterfalls as the trail parallels the creeks. The forested hike includes an off-trail scramble up a gorge to a 200-foot waterfall known as Tangerine Falls."

"This creekside hike climbs up the east side of Cold Spring Canyon alongside a number of cascades, waterfalls, and swimming holes before traversing up the canyon and emerging atop the canyon ridge to sweeping views from the Montecito Overlook."

"This moderately strenuous ascent along the West Fork of Cold Spring Creek leads through lush riparian trail and then climbs rather steeply through the bare and fire-scarred slopes of Hill 2317 to Gibraltar Road."

"This gorgeous course goes through a lush canyon with a bubbly stream, then up a fire road with vistas of Santa Barbara, the Channel Islands, and the Pacific Ocean. Ferns and vines line the numerous switchbacks. Stop and cool your feet in the rocky pools at the stream crossings. The fire road is exposed and can get hot. It also has many steep and rocky sections. If your physical conditioning is average, you can turn around when you reach the fire road at the power line structures. If your conditioning is above average, you can continue up to the eucalyptus trees, and rest in the welcome shade overlooking the Pacific Ocean. If you are in superior condition, you can continue to the top of the ridge with its views of the coastline and mountain ranges to the north. This run is inadvisable in hot weather as there is no water on the course."

"This trail features lots of switchbacks and water under an oak canopy as it makes its way along Mono Creek and across the Santa Ynez River."

Cold Springs Trail Reviews

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Nice hike. Although the guide says 3.5 miles round trip, I would rate it as arduous near the end and feeling like a bit more. The directions from the guide were spot on. Based on the number of people on the trail it is apparentley quite popular. Most in running shorts and sneakers despite the scramble at the end. Well worth the trip!
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This trail was nice, there was an area where we had to cross a small river but it was really easy since the water was low. The hike to the top was nice, especially on a clear day. The view of Santa Barbara/Montecito at the vista was pretty. A nice hike, good distance, good workout. Not too difficult.
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Beautiful hike. We had planned on going all the way to the peak, but stopped halfway up the climb to the top, where there was a clearing with a great view (and a perfect climbing tree to hang out on for a while). Decided the view couldn't possibly get any better and called it a day.
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The directions were excellent. I loved this trail. I took my kids back the next day and went on an adventure through the creek and waterfalls. One of the best I have been on and I just came upon it by looking at Great first experience with the site.

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Trail Information

Gould Park
Nearby City
Gould Park
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
USDA Forest Service, Los Padres National Park; (805) 967-3481; Montecito Trails Foundation; (805) 568-0833
Local Contacts
USGS Carpinteria
Local Maps

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Sep 2018