“One of the lesser known Santa Barbara foothill trails, the West Fork Trail leads you into wild and exciting terrain.
— John McKinney
Views · Waterfall
As of December 2017, this trail is closed as part of the Thomas Fire Closure. Violating this closure is a federal crime that can result in hefty fines or jail time.
The West Fork Trail begins as a diverging trail from the Cold Spring Trail
. After being on the Cold Spring Trail
from its trailhead on Mountain Drive for a little under 1/4 of a mile, the signed West Fork Trail appears to the left. At this point, there should be a small waterfall and a bench nearby. You'll then cross over the creek along the trail while a series of pipes, both old and new, parallel the path.
After roughy 1/2 mile of being on the West Fork Trail, you'll reach a juncture with the Tangerine Falls Trail
, which can take you up the middle fork of Cold Spring Canyon over rough and rocky terrain to Tangerine Falls. However, to stay on the West Fork Trail just stay to the left at this junction.
After another mile of running, you'll reach a spectacular waterfall viewpoint before the trail steepens to enter a narrower section of the trail. After a little over 1/4 of a mile of running the trail along this section, you'll reach the end of the West Fork Trail as you come across one of the hairpin turns of Gibraltar Road.
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