Hot Springs Canyon Trail in Santa Barbara is a unique natural destination for hot springs. There are other springs nearby, however, Hot Springs Canyon Trail is the best one! This moderate 4-mile hike delivers stunning views, lots of beautiful nature and enough shade to cool you down on the way. There are multiple hot springs pools with the warmest water on the top. These springs are natural and sulfurous, so be prepared for the "aroma"! However, sulfur is actually good for you and your body!
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Mildly moderate hike, depending on who you ask. But it’s all worth it when you reach the hot springs. We didn’t bring trunks but I could not resist dipping into a true hot spring. The place was packed on a weekend afternoon, but we found a spot and soaked for about 30 minutes. Everyone was super friendly and happy and having a great time. Just please take your trash with you!!!
Amazing trail! Despite going on a rainy day, the springs/pools were very crowded, but the crowd was a good energy. Family friendly (lots of kids) and clothing optional, so if you are opposed to nudity, don't go. Also, a huge plus for me, DOG FRIENDLY! This trail had it all, beautiful green nature, slightly challenging terrain, flowing water throughout the whole trail, and HOT SPRINGS! The pools are muddy so don't bring a bathing suit you care to not get dirty. We packed a towel so we could use as a screen to change in and out of our clothes and that worked great for us. Bring water, trail is not long but has some challenges! I gave 4 stars because parking is not great at all and I saw someone getting towed which always bums me out so be aware of that! Otherwise Happy hiking Fam!
Exciting location for nature lovers. The parking lot is very small so prepare to be an early bird. Roadside parking is possible. The first quarter of the hike was easy, but the rest was a bit challenging. Sure it's doable with kids. Take water and snacks. Hiking sticks helps in uphill. We have to cross the creek twice. All trail maps nailed the correct path so just follow it. Check the weather and dress up accordingly. Avoid hot days as the trail path is not shady. Some of the area is a bit steep especially 200 meters before the hotspring. Hotspring is beyond our expectations. Only two people were there. People are very friendly.
The hike was easy and shady. But it was too crowded to enjoy. There was not enough parking. Drinking smoking and nudity. It did not offend me but people take their children there. I would recommend early hike or week hike.
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