Aliso Canyon Trail

Los Padres National Forest, California

Elevation Gain1,534ft
Trailhead Elevation980ft
Elevation Min/Max980/1772ft
Elevation Start/End980/980ft

Aliso Canyon Trail

Aliso Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Santa Barbara County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 980 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,534 feet.

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Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura (Wilderness Press)
Craig R. Carey
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"Named for the aliso (alder) trees that shade portions of the trail, this pleas- ant route offers an easy out-and-back interpretive trail ideal for children or those looking for a very easy hike. There is also an option for a marginally more exerting loop trip up to and then along the ridge separating Aliso and Oso Canyons." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes Santa Barbara (Falcon Guides)
Bryn Fox
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"Beginning with a 1-mile interpretive trail where you can learn about the area’s flora and fauna as it pertained to the Chumash Indians, this loop trail climbs steadily through Aliso Canyon, eventually peaking just beyond a meadow. The trail then meanders down the other side of the canyon, with views of Oso Canyon to the south. Aliso Canyon is a great place to view wildflowers. Though nearby Figueroa Mountain is a better known spot for wildflower enthusiasts, Aliso Canyon offers an equally impressive variety." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California (The Mountaineers Books)
Allen Riedel
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"The Santa Ynez Recreation Area is a beautiful place to spend a spring or fall weekend. Even if you only have a half-day, there are wonderful opportunities for outdoor diversions. Campsites fill the valley, and the temperatures are moderate during the milder seasons. Trailheads are abundant both in the campgrounds and along the many roads that crisscross the forest. Hiking in the Santa Barbara coastal ranges is always a vigorous workout; steep canyons and rolling hills punctuate the landscape, and most of the routes through the forest regularly alternate between climbing and descending." Read more

Aliso Canyon Trail Reviews

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Did this hike on May 15. For a shorter hike, this uphill was plenty strenuous, nice swithchbacks on the way down. Don't try to reverse the hike! The wildflowers were still abundant with a nice variety. Must be a beautiful early spring hike. Interesting rock formations and nice views On the way back, as you hike south along the ridgeline there is a fork in the trail. It loops back together but take it to the left. This will take you to the top with a great 360 degree view, a large flat area to rest, snack etc. Highly recommend this hike. Madog and Mary

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Trail Information

Los Padres National Forest
Nearby City
Los Padres National Forest
USDA Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest; (805) 967-3481
Local Contacts
USGS San Marcos Pass
Local Maps

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Dec 2018