Inspiration Point & Seven Falls Hike in Santa Barbara

The road bends around as it continues back into the mountains.
The path is so steep that someone installed a rope to help you not lose your balance on the way down. 
The path is so steep that someone installed a rope to help you not lose your balance on the way down. 


Seven Falls

Crossing over the creek, you will start heading up, where most of the elevation comes in. 
It is a stunning view and well worth the effort it took to get up here. I stayed for 15 minutes, just soaking it in and having a snack before heading back down to find the trail for Seven Falls.
As you head up, the trail goes in and out of shaded areas on a series of switchbacks.
After getting back to the creek, I decided to try and find Seven Falls. I had a GPS track to follow, and you do not want to try and find it without one. The trail is unmarked, and it would be easy to get lost.

If you take it slow, you will be fine, but if you don’t like this type of hiking, you want to stay away from Seven Falls.
The trail descends here to the creek, and it was flowing pretty well when I was there. 

After hanging out for a little while, I started the strenuous hike back out to the trail. Again, take your time as it is steep, then it is just following the main path back to your car. I spent a few hours hiking Inspiration Point and Seven Falls in this area, and I loved this beautiful part of Santa Barbara. Check it out if you get a chance, and let me know what you think in the comments. 

This view is basically 180 degrees of unobstructed stunning coastline. You can see up Pacific Coast Highway in one direction and down to Sterns Wharf in the other. The Channel Islands and the oil rigs that dot the landscape are in the distance.

You can see two trails heading up from the creek; the one to the left is the most straightforward. Almost immediately, the trail heads up with many rocks in the path that make you gain elevation quickly. The trail is narrow and steep as you hike out of the canyon.


You will want your GPS track downloaded to note where the trail splits down to the falls.
These are only a few feet each, but it is fun to see them cascading down in succession.