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.
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."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes around Santa Barbara (Day Hike Books).
"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."
--Bryn Fox, Best Easy Day Hikes Santa Barbara (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Craig R. Carey, Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Stan Swartz, Jim Wolff & Samir Shahin, 50 Trail Runs in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Delaine Fragnoli, Mountain Biking California's Central Coast Best 100 Trails (Fine Edge Productions).
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