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McMenemy Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

1.8 mile 2.9 kilometer point to point
75% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 613' 187 m
Descent: -345' -105 m
High: 1,109' 338 m
Low: 634' 193 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)

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Trail shared by John McKinney

Connect the San Ysidro Trail and the Hot Springs Trail on this run above Montecito.

John McKinney

Features River/Creek · Views

Need to Know

Re-opened after the December 2017 the Thomas Fire Closure. Use caution around loose soils, rolling rocks, and unstable portions of the trails. USFS staff continue to work with local groups and partner organizations to repair damaged sections of trails. Check USFS website for the most up-to-date information.

Description

This trail begins as an off-shoot of the San Ysidro Trail about 6/10 of a mile after the San Ysidro Trail begins from its trailhead on Mountain Drive. Following the McMenemy Trail from this juncture, head west and the trail will take you over the creek and through eucalyptus woodland before ascending up a series of switchbacks to the McMenemy Bench.

At this point, there's an intersection with the Girard Trail, which heads to the north. Continue along the McMenemy Trail by continuing straight (to the west).

The McMenemy Trail then descends into and climbs out of a small canyon to reach a ridge top where it hits a juncture with the Saddle Rock Trail roughly 1.4 miles into the run. Run for another 4/10 of a mile as you descend Hot Springs Canyon's east wall over a few switchbacks. You'll then run into a T-intersection with the Hot Springs Trail. At this point, the McMenemy Trail comes to its end. If you want, you can link up with other trails nearby to extend your run.

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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Turn towards Lower McMenemy at the Girard/McMeney intersection.
Dec 6, 2017 near Montecito, CA

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