San Ysidro Trail

Los Padres National Forest, California 93150

Distance4.3mi
Elevation Gain4,640ft
Trailhead Elevation427ft
Top3,465ft
Elevation Min/Max427/3465ft
Elevation Start/End427/427ft

San Ysidro Trail

San Ysidro Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Santa Barbara County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest. It is 4.3 miles long and begins at 427 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,640 feet.

San Ysidro Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The San Ysidro Trail heads up the picturesque San Ysidro Canyon along the cascading San Ysidro Creek. The steep, narrow, upper canyon is filled with small waterfalls, continuous cascades and pools. This hike leads to San Ysidro Falls, a beautiful 60-foot waterfall."

"San Ysidro Trail is attractive and typical of Santa Barbara’s foothill trails. It is suitable for several levels of hiking ability. Families with small children will enjoy sauntering along is lower creekside stretches. A beautiful oak woodland lines San Ysidro Creek. With mighty oaks in the foreground and impressive rock formations in the background, San Ysidro Canyon is a striking scene. Hikers have stacked up rocks to make shallow swimming and wading pools."

"This wonderful trail has a variety of vegetation and terrain, gorgeous views, and a spectacular waterfall. The lower part of the canyon is cool and lush, following a rocky stream with numerous pools and large boulders. Rest and refresh yourself at the waterfall, or if you have extra energy, you can continue up the trail to the ridge. This climb is challenging and all but the mightiest runners will have to walk certain sections. In the spring, the air is sweet with flowers blooming everywhere."

"This easily accessible multi- use trail on the south- facing slopes of the Santa Ynez Mountains near Santa Barbara, where hikes are often dry, uphill schleps, has the distinction of climbing alongside a creek to a seasonal waterfall.

Even at the height of a four- year drought, this creek had a trickle and two small but limpid swimming holes inviting dogs for a splash. Responsive pooches can scamper off leash."

"San Ysidro Canyon is found in a small town called Montecito, home to some of the most expensive real estate in the country. From where you park your car, you will hike past a boutique hotel and a 5-star restaurant on your way to the shady canyon of San Ysidro.

Once you approach the cliff and cross the year-round stream, you are welcomed with a stunning variety of routes for all abilities on perfect Coldwater Sandstone. Temperatures
can be quite pleasurable year-round due to the shade this particular canyon gets. This guide contains climbs for the Main Wall (Vanishing Flakes/Rockocco, Applied Magnetics, Tigger Treat, Face Lift, The Great Race, Peels of Laughter, Many Happy Returns, Orangahang, Rick's Route, and Fine Line climbs)"

"The San Ysidro Trail heads up picturesque San Ysidro Canyon along the cascading San Ysidro Creek. The steep, narrow, upper canyon is filled with small waterfalls, continuous cascades, and pools. This hike leads to San Ysidro Falls, a beautiful 60-foot waterfall."

"This route leads along San Ysidro Canyon to San Ysidro Falls (passing numerous fantastic wading pools along the way), and then climbs steeply out of the drainage along exposed chaparral some 3,000 vertical feet to Camino Cielo Road atop the Santa Ynez mountain range."

"This hike takes you on a hefty uphill climb alongside San Ysidro Creek, passing a number of excellent swimming holes lined with flat rocks perfect for lounging. You can make it a short 2.0-mile hike to the best swimming hole and back or a 3.6-mile round-trip to a 60-foot waterfall."

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Trail Information

Los Padres National Forest
Nearby City
Los Padres National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Trail contacts: Los Padres National Forest Santa Barbara Ranger District, 3505 Paradise Rd., Santa Barbara 93105; (805) 967-3481; fs.usda.gov/lpnf. County of Santa Barbara, (805) 568-2461. City of Santa Barbara, (805) 564-5418
Local Contacts
USGS Carpinteria; Los Padres National Forest
Local Maps