Montecito lodging has many stunning views of the California countryside for visitors to enjoy. However, what better way to see the back country than through a breathtaking hike in it, and Montecito's trails will certainly provide the unforgettable scenery visitors are looking for. However, which trails to experience first? Vacationhomes.com has the best trails for you to visit and enjoy while away from your Montecito rental.
About Montecito Trails
Formed in 1959, Montecito Trails Foundation formed to expand the Montecito trail system. The organization's mission was to maintain old Spanish and Indian trails, as well as create new trails for both locals and tourists to enjoy. Therefore you can guarantee you'll enjoy a well-maintained trail no matter which one you choose. Monecito trails offer a range of difficulty for hikes who are inexperienced, to advanced hikers, to even trails for horses. Summer temperatures reach 90 the in afternoons and 50 at night. While winter daytime temperatures reach 60 and drop to 30 at night.
Cold Spring Trail
Climbing to East Camino Cielo Road, Cold Spring Trail starts at the top of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The hike begins uphill, and after roughly a quarter mile visitors reach a bench for a quick rest. Continue straight on the trail, but be mindful of the switchbacks which will lead you off the trail. If so, you will loop back to the trailhead. However, the loop provides a great, short afternoon hike. Continuing forward on Cold Spring Trail involves a slight steep, short climb. However, the climb is well worth it as the top offers stunning views of the area. The second portion of the trail is a more strenuous trail and should be attempted by experienced hikers only. The trail is 9 miles long.
San Ysidro Trailhead, McMenemy Trail, Saddlerock Trail, Girard Trail
Beginning at San Ysidro trailhead, the path forks off to McMenemy trail, which branches over to Saddlerock trail. On the return hike, visitors take Girard trail. For those who take Saddlerock, expect a 5-mile hike, while taking the junction to Girard trail is a 3-mile hike. The trails are well groomed and great for horses, too. Hitching posts are available throughout the trails as often as benches. The views the trails provide are stunning.
San Ysidro Trail
For the advanced hiker, Vacationhomes.com recommends San Ysidro Trail in Santa Barbara County. The 6.8-mile challenge has two trail heads, giving hikers a one-way or round-trip adventure option. The trail is hilly and takes hikers to elevations as high as 3,463 feet. The trail is lengthy and hikers should remember to provide enough water and food for the trip. Just off San Ysidro Trail visitors can discover Channel Islands National Park, East Beach and Hot Springs.
Additional Montecito Trails
Other Montecito trails include Ramsey Harris trail, Robertson trail, George Collins Memorial Trail, and Old Pueblo Trail.
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