We are so fortunate in Santa Barbara to be surrounded by a plethora of amazing trails. I am grateful each day I get to enjoy the SB mountains. It was such a lovely morning, that a few girl friends and I geared up and headed out to Cold Spring Trail. Sun screen, check. Water bottle, check. Phone (for taking pictures), check.
This trail has two possible beginnings; we started from the entrance with the old rusty sign. About 1/4 mile down the trail, you will come across a fork in the road with a sign indicating West Fork Trail to the left and Cold Spring Trail to the right continuing up the mountain; head right. There is also a wooden bench facing the creek at this junction, perfect for the hiker that needs to catch up on some reading!
The trail stays tucked in the mountains for the better part; under lush trees, surrounded by green vegetation, and after a good rain, in ear shot of the babbling stream. We crossed a handful of small ponds, some with flowing water falls. The trail keeps a pretty consistent incline; providing a great workout for your butt and thighs!
We kept climbing, in search of the view point. But alas, we turned around before reaching the top and headed back down (there were errands that needed to be done before work). We hiked for about an hour round trip and I was definitely sweating by the end of it.
Trail Head Instructions:
From the Mission, corner of Laguna and Los Olivos Street in Santa Barbara, get on US 101 going southbound. Take the Olive Mill Rd. Exit. Turn left. The road becomes Hot Springs Rd. at some point without turning. At East Mountain Dr., turn left. Drive about a mile and a half and park just before, or just after the stream crossing on the road. The trailhead begins on either side of the stream, we started on the side with the rusty sign.