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.
Aliso Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Aliso Canyon Trail is a pretty little ride through riparian and chaparral habitats and can be extended with some pavement or added to rides originating at Lower Oso Picnic Area for some singletrack excitement."
--Delaine Fragnoli, Mountain Biking California's Central Coast Best 100 Trails (Fine Edge Productions).
"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."
--Craig R. Carey, Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Bryn Fox, Best Easy Day Hikes Santa Barbara (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Allen Riedel, Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"The Aliso Canyon Loop Trail begins on a one-mile interpretive trail along Aliso Creek. The trail crosses and recrosses the creek continuously up stream. The trail climbs to a grassy plateau dividing Aliso Canyon and Oso Canyon with views overlooking the Santa Ynez River Valley and the surrounding mountains."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes around Santa Barbara (Day Hike Books).
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