Cold Springs Trail

Gould Park, California 93150

Distance7.2mi
Elevation Gain6,683ft
Trailhead Elevation747ft
Top3,426ft
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."

Cold Springs Trail Reviews

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3/30/2011
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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11/29/2009
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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1/22/2007
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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Trail Information

Gould Park
Nearby City
Gould Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
USDA Forest Service, Los Padres National Park; (805) 967-3481; Montecito Trails Foundation; (805) 568-0833
Local Contacts
USGS Carpinteria
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018