West Fork Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,033' 315 m
Descent: -33' -10 m
High: 1,919' 585 m
Low: 919' 280 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
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“One of the lesser known Santa Barbara foothill trails, the West Fork Trail leads you into wild and exciting terrain.”— John McKinney
After roughy 1/2 mile of being on the West Fork Trail, you'll reach a juncture with the Tangerine Falls Trail, which can take you up the middle fork of Cold Spring Canyon over rough and rocky terrain to Tangerine Falls. However, to stay on the West Fork Trail just stay to the left at this junction.
After another mile of hiking, you'll reach a spectacular waterfall viewpoint before the trail steepens to enter a narrower section of the trail. After a little over 1/4 of a mile of hiking the trail along this section, you'll reach the end of the West Fork Trail as you come across one of the hairpin turns of Gibraltar Road.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
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