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).
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