Matias Trail is a hiking trail in Santa Barbara County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest. It is 4.2 miles long and begins at 1,595 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,394 feet.
Matias Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This moderately easy route leads from Arroyo Burro Road to the closed dirt stretch of upper Gibraltar Road, weaving in and out of drainages along the northern flanks of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The route seems uncommonly heavy with ticks."
--Craig R. Carey, Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura (Wilderness Press).
"Matias Potrero is a horizontal band of meadowland situated between Arroyo Burro Road, and Angostura Road, 4 miles east. Its location, half-way down the steep north slope of La Cumbre Peak and cut by many narrow, parallel canyons, makes it unusual potrero (meadow). Matias Potrero Trail traverses the mountain side through English rye grass. The grasses are so thick and tall that, in some places, the trail is hidden from view and shows only as a dark line ahead."
--Delaine Fragnoli, Mountain Biking California's Central Coast Best 100 Trails (Fine Edge Productions).
"The Matias Potrero Trail is a connector trail between Arroyo Burro Trail and Angostura Pass Road. The picturesque trail follows the Santa Ynez Fault along the grassy north slopes of the Santa Ynez Mountains, passing meadows, rolling hills, canyons, rock formations, and chaparral. The trail leads to Matias Potrero Camp, a primitive campsite in an oak grove with a picnic table and rock cookstove."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes around Santa Barbara (Day Hike Books).
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