Parma Park Loop
ElevationAscent: 694' 211 m
Descent: -694' -212 m
High: 721' 220 m
Low: 345' 105 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“Enjoy this urban run with its remote feel and sweeping views of Santa Barbara, Montecito, and the Channel Islands.”— Kristen Arendt
Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Parma Park has five entrances, with the Fire Access Road available for use by mountain bikers. Starting from the trailhead off of Stanwood Drive, head north for a short ways before taking a left onto the Creek Trail Connector and another left on the Creek Trail, a rolling trail that heads through a rolling landscape of chaparral and oak woodland, and passes through the shaded setting of Sycamore Creek.
From the Creek Trail, connect back with the Fire Access Road for a brief climb to the northeast corner of the park. Once the fire road turns back to the south, runners will enjoy a mile-long descent, taking a right onto the Stanwood Trail.
The Stanwood Trail roughly parallels Stanwood Drive, with a couple steep sections to give your legs a workout. Standwood connects back to the trailhead where you started to complete your loop.
This loop offers several great vistas of the vastness of Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands rising from the blue Pacific Ocean; it’s home away from home for locals and adventurers alike.
Flora & Fauna
History & Background
Land Manager: Santa Barbara County Parks