Seven Falls Trail

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Trail Distance: 1.5 miles
Time Estimate: 50 min
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description
The Seven Falls Trail is a popular destination for locals and visitors who don't mind rock-hopping and wet feet sloshing along with steep climbs when the reward is a natural water slide and a paddle in a clear, cold pool of mountain water. Getting there isn't the easiest thing you'll ever do, and it's possible during the dry season that you'll be greeted with a waterless creek and shallow pools, but the hike is invigorating and worth the effort.


The trail is accessed via Tunnel Road, in a congested but tidy neighborhood in the hills above Santa Barbara. Parking is available on the street, but be sure to keep your tires inside the painted white lines or risk being ticketed or towed. The local constabulary are very serious about this rule to preserve emergency access to the neighborhood.  

Once you've parked and made the short walk up the hill to the gate at the end of Tunnel Road, you'll need to hike another 1/2 mile on a gentle incline to the trailhead. From here, there are 2 routes to the falls: take a small, sun-exposed trail on the creek's north side of the creek, then drop down for the final approach; or, walk straight up the shaded creek, sloshing and rock-hopping if the water is flowing, or just rock-hopping if it is not. The falls feature seven connecting pools for swimming and splashing. You'll know you've reached the end because the imposing solid stone monolith rising at the back of the falls would require some serious rapelling to overcome. 

Snakes, salamanders and many species of birds live near the trail, and you're likely to hear the scurrying of small mammals. The trees overhanging the creek and wildflowers growing out of the rock are delightful companions on your hike as well.

While this hike is a challenging one, it's short and the rewards are sweet for you and your loyal pup.

Trail Features
Mountains, Diverse Landscape, River, Forest, Steep Inclines, Rocky, Muddy
Scenic, Waterfall, Wildflowers, Abundant Wildlife
Cautions & Considerations

Rattlesnakes live in the area around this trail and they may make an appearance. Give them lots of room, and don't poke or approach them. Poison oak is also a resident here. Wearing long pants helps. Some sections of the trail have sudden drop-offs to the creek bed below so be sure to keep Fido securely in hand.

Address
Tunnel Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Hours
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Address
Tunnel Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours