Santa Ynez Canyon Trail gently climbs along the creek to connect with Santa Ynez Waterfall Trail or continues northwest to the Trippet Ranch area. Live oaks and sycamores provide cover to hikers as they travel deeper into the canyon and sandstone formations and cliff gardens along the trail provide a unique hiking experience. Visit the trail in spring to see vibrant wildflowers in bloom.
From the PCH, head north (inland) on Sunset Boulevard for about 0.5 miles. Turn left on Palisades Drive. After about 2.5 miles, turn left onto Vereda De La Montura. Safely park in permitted areas along the street. Trailhead starts on the eastern side of the intersection of Camino De Yatasto and Vereda De La Montura.
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Sept 25, 2023: The trail is so overgrown with poison oak that it's impossible to know which tiny pathway is the trail, and to move forward, you have to brush right through the poison oak. We turned back. The stream is lovely, but there is no sensible way up that trail.
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My boyfriend and I went for a hike to Santa Ynez Canyon Trail yesterday. The hike itself was easy and beautiful but the trail is narrow and there were far too many people there, many of them were not obeying social distancing rules or wearing masks which made it difficult to safely enjoy. We will not be returning until it’s safe to do so.