Trail to Fire Road
Hiking Distance: 2.8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 577 feet
Trail Notes & Photos
information board. There are two trail heads for Cold Spring Trail.
Start at the east side of the creek where the
wood sign is rather than the
west side where the rusty metal sign is.
sign next to a bench. Stay right on
East Fork. Do not cross creek to West Fork!
trail and canopy of trees
First creek crossing.
Can have a lot of water at times, very little water most of the time.
Second creek crossing,
view of water & fern.
Fork in the trail: About 10
feet past the
second creek crossing you hit a fork in the trail. The heavily traveled
direction is right. Stay right.
the trail: About 50 feet past the second creek crossing you encounter
another fork in the trail. The trail is heavily traveled in both
directions. Go right. It is a common mistake to go left here because it
seems like the logical way to go (along the creek, uphill). If you go left
here you will hike uphill 0.17 miles until the trail dead ends into
boulders. Go right at this fork, NOT left!
in the trail, go left and your next stop will be the fire road. Left is
a little longer but less steep and offers more shade during the hike. If you instead go right at this fork you soon
encounter another fork in the trail that takes you 1) left, to another place on
the fire road (a sunnier, shorter route) or 2) right, all the way downhill to the trail head where you started.
Fire road & power poles. Take a left once you reach the road fire
road and you have a good view from the power poles
City view from power
poles. To this point you have hiked 1.40 miles with an elevation gain of
Directions to Trail Head
Just south of Santa Barbara on the 101
freeway exit at Olive Mill Road (exit 94A). Turn north toward the mountains
and drive up Olive Mill Road until it becomes Hot Springs Road. Continue up
Hot Springs Rd until you reach Mountain Drive. The distance from the freeway
to Mountain Drive is 1.9 miles. Turn left on Mountain Drive and drive 1.05
miles to where Cold Spring Creek crosses the
road. There are parking areas on both
sides of the creek. There are also trail heads on both sides of the creek.
Don't start on the west side where the rusty
Cold Spring Trail sign is. Start on the east side of the creek (the side
you came from) where you will see a wood sign
marking the trail head. The GPS
coordinates of the trail head are 34.456203, -119.653474.