Mileage: 1-2 •
Path: Dirt Path •
Region: Summerland User Types: Walks, Dog Walks, Family Friendly, Kid Safe Features: Viewpoints
Though the hike is short hike and doesn’t really head up into wild country, I can’t say enough about this little known county park. It is a great place for families to take their children for the afternoon. The setting is very picturesque, there’s lots of play equipment for the kids, and the trail is short and not too steep. It’s romantic, too. A small covered gazebo is situated in a perfect spot for sunset views in east or west.
Length: 1-3 miles
Path Type: Dirt single track trails and some dirt road.
From Santa Barbara, drive southbound on Highway 101 to Summerland and exit north on Padaro Lane.
Cross over the freeway and turn right on Via Real.
Follow Via Real for 0.5 miles to Toro Canyon Road.
Turn north and drive up Toro Canyon for 1.3 miles to Toro Canyon Park Road.
Continue up the road as it winds steeply uphill to the saddle where the road begins to drop down into the park.
Park along the road and look for the trailhead on the right just past a private driveway.
Things to Know
The drive to Toro Canyon County Park is almost as worthwhile as the park itself, which is actually not in Toro Canyon, but the upper end of Arroyo Paredon, a beautiful oak-filled canyon that drops down into Carpinteria Valley not too far from the polo fields.
Toro Canyon leads steadily uphill, then at the point where Foothill Road intersects from the right, becomes a narrow, twisty canyon that is as pretty as any in Santa Barbara. A half mile beyond Foothill Road you’ll find the entrance to the park. The entrance sign is actually a bit premature as the park is actually a mile further up this side road, winding up through more twisty canyon and avocado farms to a high point. On the way back stop here. The views across the Montecito foothills are spectacular. Once you reach the high point, the road drops sharply downhill into a large bowl where the park is located.
Along the way through the 0.2 mile drive to the trailhead you’ll find ample picnic areas, playground equipment, a great sand volleyball court (who says the only place to play volleyball on the sand is at East Beach?) and several hiking trails.
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When heading out on any of our local trails always remember to bring plenty of water and take care while you are out there.