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Santa Barbara's Front Country Trails 

The Santa Barbara area has many beautiful trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, dog walking, and appreciation of nature. Located within the front range of the Santa Ynez Mountains, the Santa Barbara Front Country Trails (FCT) include the following trails:

  • Jesusita
  • Tunnel
  • Rattlesnake
  • West Fork Cold Springs
  • East Fork Cold Springs
  • San Ysidro
  • Romero Canyon

Managed jointly by the US Forest Service, Los Padres Forest, County of Santa Barbara and City of Santa Barbara through the Front Country Trails Program, these trails provide more than 35 miles for day hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. 

Community trails organizations, such as the Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers, the Santa Barbara County Trails Council , Los Padres Forest Association and the Montecito Trails Foundation, as well as community trail advocates, are key partners in the maintenance and management of the trail system. Please contact these organizations directly to learn more and participate in their efforts to support Santa Barbara’s front country trails.

Volunteer Events and Trail Workdays 

Volunteers are the backbone of the trail maintenance program. Trail workdays are held on weekends throughout the year, and we are always looking for volunteers. In many cases no experience is required. Popular days include State Trails Day in April, National Trails Day in June, and National Public Lands Day in September.

For more information on upcoming events, please check back for details or visit the Santa Barbara Outdoor Volunteers Meetup Group.

Contact Us

For more information about the FCT program and to get involved, contact Jill Zachary at jzachary@santabarbaraca.gov or Mandy Burgess at aburgess@santabarbaraca.gov. You can also visit the Meetup group, Santa Barbara Outdoor Volunteers, to receive email updates on trail events.

Last Updated: Feb 1, 2016