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Parma Park Loop

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 4.0 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Enjoy this urban hike with its remote feel and sweeping views of Santa Barbara, Montecito, and the Channel Islands.


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Map Key

2.8

Miles

4.5

KM

Loop

721' 220 m

High

345' 105 m

Low

694' 211 m

Up

694' 212 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Although there are some hilly sections, the overall distance and grades are very manageable for most kids.

Overview

Parma Park is a designated open space city park area with six miles of family-friendly trails, located between Santa Barbara and Montecito. Well-maintained and available for walking, hiking and riding horses, Parma Park is an urban setting that doesn’t feel urban, and hikers are sure to enjoy the great views and feeling of solitude along this loop.

Description

Parma Park is a place where families can recreate and feel like they’re in a not-so-urban area, with sweeping views of Santa Barbara, Montecito, and the Channel Islands. Foothill-softened meadows, shaded canyons, rolling oaks, and flowers will rejuvenate your senses just minutes from the city off Highway 192.

Parma Park has five entrances, with the Fire Access Road available for use by mountain bikers. Starting from the trailhead off of Stanwood Drive, head north for a short ways before taking a left onto the Creek Trail Connector and another left on the Creek Trail, a rolling trail that heads through a rolling landscape of chaparral and oak woodland, and passes through the shaded setting of Sycamore Creek.

From the Creek Trail, connect back with the Fire Access Road for a brief climb to the northeast corner of the park. Once the fire road turns back to the south, hikers will enjoy a mile-long descent, taking a right onto the Stanwood Trail.

The Stanwood Trail roughly parallels Stanwood Drive, with a couple steep sections to give your legs a workout. Standwood connects back to the trailhead where you started to complete your loop.

This loop offers several great vistas of the vastness of Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands rising from the blue Pacific Ocean; it’s home away from home for locals and adventurers alike.

Flora & Fauna

Parma Park contains three major creeks and a diverse array of native plant communities including chaparral, oak woodland, riparian forest, coastal sage scrub, and remnant patches of native grassland; its vegetation and creeks provide habitat for wildlife and wildlife viewing.

History & Background

This 200-acre park is the largest for Santa Barbara, dedicated as open space to the city in 1973 by John and Harold Parma, who’s family had an olive grove planted on the property back in the 1890s.

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Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

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Heading up the hill on Standwood Trail at Parma Park.
Dec 16, 2016 near Mission…, CA
Parma Park viewpoint and picnic bench.
Dec 16, 2016 near Mission…, CA

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Aug 28, 2019
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Shauna Jacquot-Bradley
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Mar 12, 2017
Art Phillipe
Hot, no shade. It would be better as a early morning hike b 2.4mi