ElevationAscent: 2,352' 717 m
Descent: -2,352' -717 m
High: 3,167' 965 m
Low: 815' 248 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 69% (35°)
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“This out-and-back run takes you through Cold Spring Canyon to the summit of Montecito Peak.”— John McKinney
To continue on the Cold Spring Trail, climb for another 1/4 of a mile, and you'll reach a juncture with the Cold Springs - Hot Springs Cutoff. Bear left to stay on the Cold Spring Trail, and it will switchback up the canyon while offering great coastal views along the way. 1.75 miles after passing the last trail junction, you'll reach a turn-off for the Montecito Peak Connector. Follow this short, steep path to the summit of Montecito Peak, which sits at 3,214 ft. and offers great views. From here, follow the same route back down to the Cold Spring Trailhead.
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.
Land Manager: USFS - Los Padres National Forest Office