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San Ysidro Trail, Montecito

Santa Barbara, California, United States


NOTE: This trail was burned during the Thomas fire and is closed for winter 2018.
The San Ysidro Trail is a popular hike with some varied views. It begins in a neighborhood and takes you past mansions with pretty landscaping. A stream bubbles beside you (except in the dry summer season). In spring little flowers border the trail. After half an hour you come to some wonderful granite slabs, and you can see a tall granite rock face where rock climbers like to challenge themselves. Kids can do this hike so bring the whole family!
There are plenty of wooden signs telling you where to go.
If you can make it two miles in, you will see a waterfall (after rains) and some nice pools.
For some cooling sea air after your hike, drive a few minutes south on San Ysidro Road to Miramar Beach.
Or have a coffee on East Valley Road.

Photo Gallery

Nice landscaping outside a mansion.

Granite rock and yellow flowers.

Wonderful yellow flowers, and mountains up ahead.

Weekend hikers on the trail.

Rocks and stream.

Looking up at the trees.

Spring flowers!

Flower along the trail.

The stream is lovely in springtime.

Granite rock face.

Granite slab and cactus, in the shade of many trees.


A pretty garden behind one of the mansions.


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You can use this address for your GPS: 1800 East Mountain Dr, Santa Barbara CA 93108.
Exit Highway 101 at San Ysidro Rd and turn toward the mountains. Turn right on the main commercial strip, E. Valley Rd. Turn left on Park Lane (keep your eye out- it's hard to spot). Turn left on East Mountain Drive and park along the road when you get to the end of the road. There is a wooden sign marking the trailhead.
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