Baron Ranch Trails

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  • Baron Ranch Trails

    [ALERT: 10/15/21 Trails are closed due to fire and pending repair of the bridge] From the main gate, follow the entrance road into the canyon that forms the Arroyo Quemado Creek watershed. The trail is well marked and follows a network of ranch roads leading through a habitat restoration area and into the backcountry. The main trail is Arroyo Quemado Trail that begins at Calle Real and ends at Camino Cielo — spanning six miles or 12 miles out and back. The Loop Trail is available for those looking for a shorter hike. It is 6.5 miles out and back.

    The first mile of the trail is relatively flat and follows the bottom of the canyon. Just beyond the one-mile mark the road transitions into the riparian zone and continues to parallel the creek, it’s here that the trail starts to take on a more wilderness feel.

    At 2.1 miles and 2.6 miles, the trail splits to form a loop up into the mountains. The upper portion of the Loop Trail provides some exceptional vistas down the canyon and out towards the ocean with views of the island on a clear day. Views along the canyons open up to reveal the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands. At the top of the loop, the single-track section of the Loop Trail trail connects again to a ranch road and then returns to the beginning of the loop and the main trail.

    Just 1/2-mile past the upper creek crossing the Arroyo Quemado Trail forks to the left. The trail follows a newly constructed single track for 3.4 miles up to Camino Cielo in the Los Padres National Forest.  Alternatively, turn right and complete the Loop Trail by following a ranch road to a single track path through the upper reaches of the canyon.

    The trail is open seven days a week to all trail users. The designated trail is the only area of the Ranch open to the public. The public is prohibited from exploring other areas of the Ranch. These areas, including areas immediately adjacent to the trail, are used for native plant restoration and wildlife conservation.

    It is important to stay on the trail. Activities are monitored by hidden cameras. DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED. A full set of regulations, warnings, and recommendations is posted here.

    The Baron Ranch Trails are maintained by the SantaBarbara County Trails Council in partnership with the County of Santa Barbara Community Services Department, Parks Division.

     

    Learn More →

    Map: Baron Ranch Trails

    Directions: Baron Ranch Directions

    Article by Tom Modugno:  Baron Ranch History

    Bird Sightings: Birds Seen on Baron Ranch Trails

    Plant and Animal Sightings: Check out over 100 plants and animals

    Article by James Wapotich at Songs of the Wilderness (2012)

    Article by Valerie Norton: Baron Ranch Trails  (2014)

    Regulations and Warnings: Baron Ranch Trails (PDF)

    Directions →

    Directions from the South:

    1) Hwy 101 North, 2.4 miles past Refugio Road exit turn right at the road crossing onto Arroyo Quemada Ln., just past a yellow sign indicating “cross-traffic ahead”. There is no northbound deceleration lane, so the turn-off must be anticipated.

    2) Immediately turn left onto Calle Real and proceed approximately .75 mile until the road reaches a street sign that says “End”. Use the circle to turn around and park along Calle Real.

    Directions from the North:

    1) Take Hwy 101 southbound, to Refugio State Beach exit. Exit 101 and go under the freeway and take the northbound Hwy 101 onramp. Travel 2.4 miles north and turn right at the road crossing onto Arroyo Quemada Ln., just past a yellow sign indicating “cross-traffic ahead”. There is no northbound deceleration lane, so the turn-off must be anticipated.

    2) Immediately turn left onto Calle Real and proceed approximately .75 mile until the road reaches a street sign that says “End”. Use the circle to turn around and park along Calle Real.

  • Address: Cannot determine address at this location.
    Gaviota
    Gaviota Coast
    United States
    Amenities: Roadside Parking
    Trail Rating: Easy at the beginning, but steep in places as you head into the mountains.
    Trail Distance: Arroyo Quemado Trail is twelves miles out and back.
    Elevation Gain: 2500 feet
    Shade: Limited
    Obstacles: Some sections in the one to three mile section are steep.
    Restrictions: No dogs or other pets allowed at Baron Ranch. Find dog friendly trails here: https://bit.ly/trails4dogs
    Trail Surface: Dirt
    Access Mode: Car
    Land Manager: County of Santa Barbara | Public Works Department
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