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Montecito Peak -


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Overview

Difficulty: Moderate • Mileage: 1
Elevation Gain: -600 ft. • Location: Santa Ynez Mountains
Features: Viewpoint, Sunset, Out & Back
User Type: Hiking, Dog Walking


Highlights

It is a mile down the trail and a 600' descent but the views from the top of Montecito Peak provide an enjoyable way to watch the sunset before ehading back up to your car — a much easier way to experience the views if you aren't up to the hike up from the bottom. If you get dropped off, the hike down to Mountain Drive is well worth the time.

The Basics

  • Length : 1 mile down to the side trail leading to the top of the peak.
  • Gain : 600’ descent to the sadle at the base of Montecito Peak; 200’ gain to the top of the peak.
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Path : Native soil tread in good condition.
  • Season : All year.
  • Restrictions : Multi-use. You may encounter mountain bikes coming down the trail.
  • Canine : Ok for dogs off leash.
  • Admin : Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara District

Things to Look For

  • Points of Interest : Viewpoint,Sunset,Out & Back


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Difficulty: Moderate
Points of Interests: ViewpointSunsetOut & Back
User Types: HikersDog Walker
Locations: Santa Ynez Mountains

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Hike Details



  • Length : 1 mile down to the side trail leading to the top of the peak.
  • Gain : 600’ descent to the sadle at the base of Montecito Peak; 200’ gain to the top of the peak.
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Path : Native soil tread in good condition.
  • Season : All year.
  • Restrictions : Multi-use. You may encounter mountain bikes coming down the trail.
  • Canine : Ok for dogs off leash.
  • Admin : Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara District

Access / Getting There

  1. To reach Forbush Trail follow Gibraltar Road 6.5 miles to East Camino Cielo.
  2. Turn right on East Camino Cielo and drive another 3.75 miles to the top of the Cold Springs Trail.
  3. A cement water tank on the right side of the road should make it easy to spot the parking area.
  4. It is a mile hike down from the top to Montecito Peak.

 

Things to Know

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On The Trail

The upper part of the Cold Springs Trail leads a mile to Montecito Peak, a great place to spend the afternoon or enjoy sunset. You can be dropped off at the top of either of these trails and picked up by a friend back down in town. If you’ve just hiked down to Forbush Flats, why not walk back to town rather than dirve?

Though these trails are covered in depth in another part of this book, you might consider short hikes on either of them from the crest. Both meander through layers of shale in their upper sections before passing through thick layers of sandstone, making them smooth and easily traversed as well as gentle.

The upper San Ysidro trailhead is just a few hundred yards further east along Camino Cielo, on the right side of the road. A hike down the Cold Springs Trail is especially rewarding. A mile along it is Montecito Peak and a small trail leads to its 50’ diameter crest, providing a perfect perch from which to enjoy a lazy afternoon or sunset.

On The Bike

On The Run

On The Walk


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Last Updated: Sunday, March 22, 2015