Loading...

Cold Spring Ridge Loop -


Overview
Access
Gallery

Overview

Difficulty: Moderate • Mileage: 4.5
Elevation Gain: 1000 ft. • Location: Front Country, Montecito
Features: Canyons, Creeks, Swimming Holes, Waterfalls, Family Friendly, Viewpoint, Sunset, Loop Trip
User Type: Hiking, Equestrian Trail, Mountain Biking, Dog Walking, Trail Running


Highlights

This is absolutely my very favorite trail. Within a few yards of your car the pools begin. Deep and shaded by alders, the perennial creek offers scores of places to spend an afternoon. Even the name suggests something special. Cold Springs represents the shortest distance you can travel to get the furthest away from Santa Barbara. Above the trailhead you will find bedrock pools and places to sunbathe, overlooks of the coastline and a route to the mountain crest, the one memorialized by Stewart Edward White in his epic book, The Mountains. Though no trail leads up into it, you’ll find a beautiful waterfall hidden deep in the watershed.

For those who are looking for a great power walk, beautiful scenery and the perfect loop hike back down to your starting point via the canyon trail, this is your hike. There is a series of short switchbacks that take you quickly uphill to a point where the trail levels out and bgins a gradual climb up to its intersection with the East Fork Trail. The views are impressive and once you’ve reached the end of the Ridge Trail you’ll find the route back down through the canyon is both relaxing and enchanting.

 

The Basics

  • Length : .75 miles to the pools; 1.5 miles to the loop trail; 1.75 to the Montecito Overlook; 3.5 to Montecito Peak; 4.5 to Camino Cielo.
  • Gain : 1000’ to the intersection with the East Fork Trail.
  • Difficulty : Moderately strenuous.
  • Path : Native soil path with several creek crossings and rocky sections if oyu loop back down via the canyon trail.
  • Season : All year. The best loop hike in the springtime when the chaparral is in blossom and the water is flowing.
  • Restrictions : Expect to see mtn bikes coming down the trail.
  • Canine : OK for dogs off-leash.
  • Admin : Most of the trail is owned by the City of Santa Barbara.

Things to Look For

  • Points of Interest : Canyons,Creeks,Swimming Holes,Waterfalls,Family Friendly,Viewpoint,Sunset,Loop Trip


Find Other Similar Trails

Difficulty: Moderate
Points of Interests: CanyonsCreeksSwimming HolesWaterfallsFamily FriendlyViewpointSunsetLoop Trip
User Types: HikersEquestriansMountain BikersDog WalkerTrail Runners
Locations: Front CountryMontecito
Sub Regions: Cold Spring Canyon

Links & Resources

Gallery

Hike Details



  • Length : .75 miles to the pools; 1.5 miles to the loop trail; 1.75 to the Montecito Overlook; 3.5 to Montecito Peak; 4.5 to Camino Cielo.
  • Gain : 1000’ to the intersection with the East Fork Trail.
  • Difficulty : Moderately strenuous.
  • Path : Native soil path with several creek crossings and rocky sections if oyu loop back down via the canyon trail.
  • Season : All year. The best loop hike in the springtime when the chaparral is in blossom and the water is flowing.
  • Restrictions : Expect to see mtn bikes coming down the trail.
  • Canine : OK for dogs off-leash.
  • Admin : Most of the trail is owned by the City of Santa Barbara.

Access / Getting There

The most direct route to reach the Cold Spring trailhead is from Highway 101. From Santa Barbara take the Hot Springs exit off Highway 101 and follow Hot Springs until you reach the Highway 192 intersection (the second stop sign). Turn left and follow this for a mile to Cold Springs Road. Turn right and continue up to Mountain Drive. Turn right to the trailhead just past the Cold Spring creek crossing.

The East Fork and Ridge trails both lead from almost exactly the same point. The East Fork route is just to the left of the ridge trail and heads uphill along the creek.

 

Things to Know

Background

Trip Log

On The Trail

On The Bike

On The Run

On The Walk


Comments (0)


Add a new comment:








Last Updated: Sunday, November 9, 2014