A Tranquil Waterfall for Skyhiker
Day #462 Hike #522 * New Track #470
Sunday February 19, 2012
San Ysidro Trail - Waterfall - Montecito, California
My Tripometer: 2.5 Hours * 4.5 Miles * +1150 Feet
From the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara head south to Montecito and exit on San Ysidro Road. Turn North toward the mountains for about a mile and then turn right at the stop light on East Valley Road. Drive nearly a mile down East Valley, weave around a few turns and then look for Park Lane on your left (as seen in the picture above). Turn left on Park Lane, drive to the end of the road and then turn left on Mountain Drive. This road will end in 500+ feet and the trailhead is on the right. Park anywhere on the road with your right tires slightly off the road.
My New Ride; not...
Ayden, Kaitlyn, Jacob and Sammi at the Trailhead
the house to the left along the trail
Follow the trail along the road
stop to climb the tree
Hang out by the water just before the real trailhead
a quarter mile in, the journey begins
The Old Pueblo Trail spurs off to the right
Go straight past the gate. You will soon pass another gate, just continue following the fire road through the forest. I'll research this Old Pueblo Trail and try it some other time. In addition, a half mile from the start is the McMenemy Trail. I'll have to look that one up too...
Follow the main road to stay on the Ysidro Trail
Sammi and kids visited the water crossing on the McMenemy first
Kids will be kids, scaling the rocks...
As Ayden would say, "Climb Rocking"
Look mom, no hands!
The clouds were hovering over
Looking back; hmm, wonder where that road goes???
The trail turns right off the road; I don't know where the road goes...
Water running along the trail
Easy Elevation Gain
No, that's not the "waterfall", but it's more fluent
After a quick switchback, cross the water...
We made it. Lunch is served
Sammi took a dip - and a sip :)
Comeon kids, time to head back...
Option B: The San Ydidro Trail climbs higher - but not today
Sign at the trailhead
This was Jacob's first legit hike. At age 6, he did pretty good. Ah, but our day was not over. We jumped back in the car but before going home, we went to a special place for another hike. To be continued...