Please note: Parking at the trailhead is limited and strict. This version of the hike starts at Tunnel Trail. A historic trail constructed in 1905, Tunnel Trail provides access to the backcountry as well as a hike to the area's highest spot — La Cumbre Peak. Was this a hike on a trail, or a bake in an outdoor oven? One of the reasons I chose to visit Santa Barbara on my way to Los Angeles was its physical location. At a little more than than the 1 mile mark you reach a junction with and park your car. Tunnel Trail, cross straight ahead to where the trail continues. - Liquid consumed = 2.5 liters (and that's NOT enough! 2) bring more water (even more than 2.5 liters!) is with the Rattlesnake Connector Trail, which connects the Rattlesnake Views were pretty much nil ‘til about the time we were approaching the Connector junction and the falls (dry), after which time the clouds slowly gave way and we had great views of Arlington, Cathedral, Barger and La Cumbre Peaks. 18:42. 1) use insect repellant on neck. Tunnel Trial is a multi-use trail. and yucca, you reach the junction of East Camino Cielo Rd. A message board along Tunnel Road in September alerts drivers to the trail closure as SCE crews work in Mission Canyon above Santa Barbara. From the Mission, corner of Laguna and Los Olivos Street in Santa Barbara... Head up Los Olivos toward the mountains. I looked over your website and am not sure how to best get the word out to your hikers. Warnings. To the right the Edison road continues General Information Directions: The trail starts at the end of Tunnel Road. Be careful at the falls because the rocks are slick near the edge and you could fall to your death. Unfortunately it's mountain-biker mecca, which means you are likely to be run off the trail. You may miss this trail or not see the sign. Tunnel Trail - Trail, Santa Barbara, California. If you would like to summit La Cumbre Peak at 3995ft., Turn left onto The trail is pretty obvious to follow but your line choices not so much—think fast. Joined: Aug 30, 2007 Messages: 33 Likes Received: 0 Trophy Points: 0 Occupation: work Location: Costa mesa. a dirt road and some power lines, called the Edison Catwalk. Los Padres Tunnel Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. They are on a special diet and should never have any sort of other food no matter how small a tidbit nor how tempting.Domestic dogs and people feeding the goats and/or dogs are the biggest threat to the goats and their work. Not many people (and no dogs) were on the trail on this fine Sunday afternoon. Tunnel Trail, Santa Barbara This column originally appeared on the Fox Racing site and newsletter. Take this trail. Not only is it on the Pacific Ocean with a great beach, but it sits at the foot of a beautiful mountain range. Trailhead address: Tunnel Road (near 1488 Tunnel Road), Santa Barbara, CA 93105 Trailhead coordinates: 34.46492, -119.71272 (34° 27′ 53.71″N 119° 42′ 45.79″W) Elevation Profile. At the stop sign and fire station, turn left onto Mission Canyon Rd. In December of last year, Southern California Edison conducted major road grading work beginning at the gate to Tunnel Trail and continuing up through both forks of the catway past the end of the paved road segment. Thanks, Juan Andrade Hi,Juan: It's funny you should ask. When I went through there was still some really small stuff coming down. Prevent tick bites: Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin. Tunnel Trail is home for the Mission Falls, which, on the map, seems easy to access. It is a congested neighborhood and parking within the white line helps emergency vehicles get through. They are raised with the goats, live with the goats all year long, and their job is to protect the goats from any and all predators, including people and domestic dogs. It is within 5 minutes from downtown and has enough twists, turns, and surprises to keep hikers interested. It's all mountains! The dirt It has been an interesting time, especially after not even having a winter last year, (that was nice!) Distance: 4 miles to summit of 3,400 feet. Started at 9AM, saw a few hikers below the connector to Rattlesnake but none beyond that. At about the 2 mile mark the trail will take a noticeable turn to the right into the shade on the north side of a hill. Tunnel Trail- Santa Barbara, California. Residents have been pretty vocal about the traffic and safety issues in the area and your courtesy will keep the trailhead open. Those familiar with the MTB video Real Simple should reckognize the choppy sandstone trail almost devoid of dirt. The Tunnel Trail is located on the Santa Barbara topo map. It's easy indeed. At the fork in the road, stay left on Tunnel Rd. You must park behind the white line or else they really do ticket and tow. Unfortunately it's mountain-biker mecca, which means you are likely to be run off the trail. East Camino Cielo Rd. Animal encounters include a few geckos (? From Gibralter to Arroyo Burro, experience the low crowds, diverse wildlife, and expansive views of the North Valley. Visitors may encounter: hikers, dogs, horses, bikers, poison oak, snakes, and other wildlife Please see our trail etiquette page for tips on how to be courteous trail users. Pass through the iron, locked gate and follow the paved Edison Rd. This is the 2nd part of the day. Be careful to park with the right is the sign and junction for Tunnel Trail. That is an excellent hike all its own. But it's no longer a fall at this time!! At the top you reach East Camino Cielo Rd. Need some basic training. I already notified FS but if your heading up that way just keep an eye out above you. Tunnel Trail starts a bit past the end of the pavement and goes up the mountain steeply for about 3.5 more miles. Described here is the basic trail from the trailhead to La Cumbre Peak, the highest peak in Santa Barbara at 3995ft. Please be courteous to car traffic as you walk up and down the road and let residents get through. Though damaged during the 2008 Jesusita Fire, the trail still rpovides access to incredible views and unique geology. [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/umotamba/5056106474/][img:e183985d2e]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4144/5056106474_78216e674d.jpg[/img:e183985d2e][/url] (Brooke Holland / Noozhawk photo) You can return "Very fun. There is a junction here. Tunnel Trail is one of the most popular trails in Santa Barbara. Mission Canyon Rd. Respect the neighbors at the trailhead and don't let your dog go on their property. Historic trail brought back to life by SAGE trail alliance Fresh dirt work and brushing for a flowy trail crossing the North side of the Santa Ynez. Information about Adventure Pass and Forest Management Fees. If you end up climbing steeply on the dirt road, you have gone even further still. Go just a little ways, maybe a few hundred yards further, and off to The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from September until June. If you go up there shortly after a good strong rain you can see the waterfall, which can be impressive. Approximately 3/4 mile cross creek on wooden bridge. Awesome stuff. I am moving out there in a couple of days and need a cool spot to ride." Please add a brief update about trail conditions. The trails popularity comes from its challenge as well its views of waterfalls and ocean vistas. Be very careful because they ride in the same spot as the ), Snyder, Freemont Trail and Knapp's Castle, Great Day Hikes in Santa Barbara, Front Country and Camino Cielo Hikes, Uphill, long if you go all the way to the top, exposed to sun. The trails popularity comes from its challenge as well its views of waterfalls and ocean vistas. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Are BUDDY HEATERS SAFE Inside an RV ?? Directions: The trail starts at the end of Tunnel Road. Service has put large boulders to prevent them from riding here, but sometimes One biker coming down on my way back. Been spotted elsewhere as well. Beginning the last week of September, goats will once again be working at the trailhead to clear vegetation. This hike is a relatively moderate hike, especially if you are in good condition. Around the bend the road Please park inside the white lines and clean up your dog poop. Route to Trailhead with Google Maps From Santa Barabara find your way up Gibraltar Road to West Camino Cielo and go left about mile to the Tunnel Trailhead. Trail Map. From Santa Barbara, take Foothill Road (Hwy 192) turn north on Mission Canyon Road toward to the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens. One thing to consider with hiking in Santa Barbara is that the area is not flat. This action was the product of several years of advocacy by Friends of Mission Canyon. across the road. Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 Next > CupLess New Member. Rattlesnake Canyon Trail: Great hike when combined with Tunnel trail - See 31 traveler reviews, 34 candid photos, and great deals for Santa Barbara, CA, at Tripadvisor. mark there is a large rock formation at a turn in the trail that after a strong rain will have Beware of kamikaze mountain bikers on this trail. By an edhat reader I was aware SCE was doing work on Tunnel Trail, I just didn't know it would render a once beautiful part of Santa Barbara unrecognizable. You can ride your bike or hike up the dirt Edison Road if you like. Even the most well behaved dogs generally bark and may lunge at the goats and their pens, sometimes damaging the pens. Trail is very rocky with 1 and 2' drops. I'm not really sure. dry most months. For that reason those trails aren't actually described here, but they are there for the discovery. It is a congested neighborhood and parking within the white line helps emergency vehicles get through. Tunnel Trail is situated northeast of Mission Canyon. Tunnel Trail begins on the same paved road as Inspiration Pt. Post navigation. Along the way are little side trails that you might be able to find if you are alert. Continue several miles to the end, which is marked by a locked gate. At this junction Next. A reader wrote in to Lee: "Are there any real good dirtjumps in the L.A. area that you might know about? Usually seen at dusk. No, she is not wagging her tail because she is friendly. That is a warning along with the barking and the stance. To continue SUMMARY: Parking at the end of Tunnel Road is limited. up for a few miles and makes a nice walk or mountain bike ride of its own. The slide its self is only about 40' wide and passable on foot, it's located about 1/2 mile uphill of the connector trail. - Distance = 8.62 miles. Access to the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens near the bottom of the trail. Have you been to California's Tunnel Trail before? At the 4 mile mark, after reaching shale and walking through sparse chaparral Discussion in 'Trailhead' started by CupLess, Sep 25, 2007. Some photos at: [url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/umotamba/sets/72157625104845522/[/url] The Tunnel Trail in Santa Barbara is a lot simpler to find than it is to hike. an impressive waterfall but most of the time will not have any water at all. We need the help of all hikers who enjoy the Tunnel Trail and Inspiration Point, and we hope that your organization can help us spread the word. The trail was hot, dry and steep, but it was in a good hikable condition. Continue on Tunnel, not taking the Connector. So respect them and their work. People have gotten lost up there and have needed the Search and Rescue Team (and even Search and Rescue has gotten lost!) Tunnel Trail from Mapcarta, the free map. Park off the road so your tires are outside the white painted line. Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 1,364 ft Route type Out & Back While "Santa Barbara Hikes's" site considers the trail a moderate one, I'd argue that this one is for the well-seasoned hiker. Great view. This trail can be popular on the weekends especially on Sundays! The Forest Hike up to the end of the road by the large water tank and metal gate From the Santa Barbara Mission drive up Mission Canyon Road to Foothill and turn right, then turn left several hundred yards later (by the fire station). The trailhead begins roughly ¾ a mile up Tunnel Road and climbs for nearly 4 miles to Gibraltar Road, at roughly 3,400 feet elevation. Remember this caveat when you read hiking guides: Many of the posters/bloggers are off-trail/climbers-hikers, and just about anything with an actual trail is "easy" to them. This steep trail is an example of one of the many hidden side-trails off of Tunnel Trail. 1435 Tunnel Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Turn left on Tunnel Road before the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens and park near the end of Tunnel Road. (cdc.gov) The American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) may be present in this area. The road makes a jag and becomes Hiked the Tunnel from South Portal to Angostura Pass yesterday (Monday, 10/4/2010) in glorious drizzly weather. Since I had so much footage I had to break it into 2 videos. Stay straight on the dirt road at this junction. Tunnel trail is one of Santa Barbara’s most popular trails for hikers and bikers alike. Be aware that hiker numbers on weekends can be high. becomes noticeably more scrubby. Continue up Mission Canyon to the Tunnel Road turnoff, a half mile before the Botanic Garden. I saw very few hikers and some downhill mountain bikers. Residents have been pretty vocal about the traffic and safety issues in the area and your courtesy will keep the trailhead open. Spyglass Ridge Road and Tunnel Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. you will come to another junction with an old, worn sign. Please keep dogs on leash because there is a flock of free-range chickens that lives in the area. There is water in the falls and the trail is in good condition, only somewhat muddy at the bottom before the fire road. The 6.5-mile loop trail starts just west of Santa Barbara in Goleta, Calif., in the Gaviota State Park, about a half hour’s drive from downtown Santa Barbara. The trailhead begins roughly ¾ a mile up Tunnel Road and climbs for nearly 4 miles to … Downhill bikes, full armor recommended. Tunnel Trail is one of the most popular trails in Santa Barbara. All comments are run through a spam check (that probably catches way too many false positives) and moderated and will not display unless approved, which can take days if I'm away on the trail. Tunnel Trail continues past this formation and crosses a creek that is See 22 photos and 2 tips from 129 visitors to Tunnel Trail. Previous. Thu Dec 17, 2020 | 1:55pm On December 15 utility crews completed the final removal of surplus utility poles and wires along the popular Tunnel Road Hiking Trail in upper Mission Canyon. Adventure Pass is not required for parking. The American dog tick transmits Tularemia and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. DESCRIPTION Downhills this wicked are rare. Don't run over hikers or they'll take away the trail. Wed Mar 18, 2020 | 4:00pm “The Tunnel Road hiking trail between the end of Tunnel Road and the bridge over Mission Creek is closed to the public effective immediately,” Southern California Edison announced on March 18. Canyon Trail with Tunnel Trail. - Elevation change = 2544 ft. Fees: No fee for parking. and can be hiked if becomes dirt. We returned via the Rattlesnake Connector and out to Skofield. Both Jesusita and Tunnel Trails are heavily used by many different groups and is a very popular hiking trail with its close proximity to downtown SB. Took 3 1/2 hrs. She is doing her job.We are asking everyone who uses the Tunnel Trail to help us protect the goats and their work by keeping all dogs on leash while in the area where the goats are working and by reminding others to do the same.Thanks for any help you can give us in getting the word out. your tires completely within the line or you will be towed. Not easy ride" January 31, 2010 by Jason Van Horn Filed to: California Trails, DH, santa barbara, so-cal, Trails, tunnel trail. C. Mountain lion spotted on Tunnel Trail. These dogs are predator control dogs, not pets. It was a fun exercise, with a very beautiful view of Santa Barbara covered in a sea of fog on the way down. I did Rattlesnake to connector to Angustora Pass last weekend and there was recent (day or two old) rock slide covering the Tunnel Trail. They are not kidding about that. This junction Please be courteous to car traffic as you walk up and down the road and let residents get through. see a small, unnamed trail going steeply up the ridge into the brush. For more information visit this location on the map. Goats are not something a dog sees every day, and it stimulates even the best of them. Tunnel trail is one of Santa Barbara’s most popular trails for hikers and bikers alike. At the stop sign, turn right on Foothill Rd. Best ridden in the early mornings or evenings and be mindful of your speed while riding the trails. The waterfall, when dry, is an impressive rock formation and makes a nice lunch/view spot. There are also breathtaking views of the rugged Back Country on the other side of the Santa Ynez range. Tunnel mtb trail Santa Barbara - Duration: 18:42. annekebeerten Recommended for you. - Time taken = 6:30 hours. This work is very important for fire safety and is funded with a Fire Safe Council Grant awarded to the Mission Canyon Association.The goats will be penned with a clearly marked netting style pen that is electrified with solar panels and guarded from predators by specially trained dogs who protect them from coyotes, bobcats, domestic dogs. The trail becomes increasingly rocky and the vegetation To the right a path … To sit on top of the falls, just go straight through the bushes. you like, but is long and tiresome. All the cold and wet winter riding here has us longing for warmer climes and sunny weather. East Camino Cielo Rd. This is the trailhead. Just at the turn if you look to the right you will It goes down to Gibraltar Reservoir. Approximately 0.4 miles from the start of Tunnel View Trail, the single track comes to an unmarked split. is a spot where motorcycle riders like to ride in the dirt. ), an unidentified insect bite on my neck, a very cute humming birds, and some butterflies. A footbridge on Tunnel View Trail The trail continues across a grassland with northward views toward the Santa Ynez Valley. Here's an email I got: At just under the 3 mile Predator control dogs dont know the difference between a curious pet, person, or a hungry coyote; all they know is that something is endangering their goats, and they respond accordingly. At the road you can catch a glimpse of the remote back country. Mission Canyon Homesite: With over 1.3 acres, located at the end of Valencia Ave, the expansive views toward La Cumbre Peak, Mission Canyon, and the Pacific Ocean set the stage to design your own home on this coveted setting. There is another way to get here, starting at Jesusita Trail. At a Glance. Lessons learned: they still do. If the goal was to fill creek beds with boulders and create an eyesore wide enough to drive a Mack truck through, then mission accomplished. Drive to the end of Tunnel Rd. The trail becomes more exposed to the Caution. Continue along Tunnel Trail into the shady part and in about 1/4 mile The predator control dogs could harm people and their pets if they appear to be endangering the goats or if they enter the pen. Map and location information for Tunnel Trail in California: Tunnel Trail is one of the Trail in Santa Barbara County, CA and can be found on the Santa Barbara USGS topographic quad map. Please keep dogs on leash because there is a flock of free-range chickens that lives in the area. | Carbon Monoxide FULL TEST( REVIEW) - … and follow the road to the turnoff. Tunnel Trail is a trail in Santa Barbara County. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. These dogs are not vicious, but they have a job to do.If you go to www.brushgoats4hire.com, choose Photo Gallery and watch the third video down, you will see exactly how the dogs react to a perceived threat to their goats. The road is an access road used by Edison and lasts about a mile until it becomes a dirt road. trail, which is a little indistinct as you approach the junction with The GPS coordinates are 34.4797185 (latitude), -119.6970806 (longitude) and the approximate elevation is 2,595 feet (791 meters) above sea level. 3) choose a cloudy day to hike this trail. Click or hover over any spot on this elevation profile to see the distance from the start and elevation above sea level at that location, which will be highlighted on the map. You may have to hike some distance just to get to the trailhead. If you are interested in an all day adventure you can try one of these steep, super-primitive trails, but use your head. Suprised to see ice on the trail at the top. Along the way are gorgeous views of the city. It is within 5 minutes from downtown and has enough twists, turns, and surprises to keep hikers interested. Tunnel Trail Santa Barbara. Or go up 154 and hang a right on West Camino Cielo and follow it for several miles up to Angostura Pass if … Matt Pinder June 3, 2014 West Coast Journal. The hike is about 9-11 miles round trip (depending on if you go all the way to La Cumbre Peak) with an elevation gain of about 3000 ft. sun as well. To get back to your car, return the way you came. It's a completely dry rock formation. These violations quickly got the attention of the City of Santa Barbara (City), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE), the County of Santa Barbara, and the Regional Water Quality Control Board( RWQCB). road that continues downhill is Angostura Pass Rd. Even in the mid-day sun, the winds were cool and the only sound we heard was the occasional clanging of some wires on those burned posts near the very top. Day 23: Santa Barbara, Tunnel Trail. Lower seatpost for maximum clearance. If you end up seeing a trail that heads off the dirt road to the left, you have gone too far (you found the Jesusita Trail). back to the paved Edison Road at this junction by turning right. This formation makes a nice view point and destination. The trail is usually very dry with one creek that runs only after rains. Please be sure that all dogs are kept on leash while anywhere near the goats. The side of the trail will be covered in moist ferns and other cool-loving plants. Some shady flow at the start but that ends fast as rocks start to rattle … It is imperative that no one feed these dogs or the goats. From there it is a short walk up the Road to La Cumbre Peak where there is an old fire tower, picnic table, and the fanciest outhouse I've ever seen. 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