Romero Canyon Trailhead

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Romero Canyon Trailhead
Nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara is a hikers paradise. Ample trails range from the 2,485-foot Gaviota Peak, two miles from the ocean and accessible by about a 6.5 mile (round trip) trail that rises nearly 2,000 feet in elevation to Lizard’s Mouth, a mountaintop rock formation that offers broad panoramic vistas over the red roofs of Santa Barbara and the central coastline.

Rising above the sea and into the clouds, most trails are in the Los Padres National Forest. Ask any local and they will certainly rattle off their favorite hike, whether it's Romero Canyon or Porter Trail (which includes the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden), Inspiration Point (close to the Santa Barbara Bowl!) or Nojoqui Falls (which leads to a brilliant 80-foot waterfall). There's certainly a trail to suit every hiker.
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