Montecito Connections Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,447' 441 m
Descent: -1,449' -442 m
High: 1,486' 453 m
Low: 462' 141 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
Popular runs nearby
Buena Vista Loop
3.2 mi 5.2 km • Loop • 889 ft Ascent 270.9 m Ascent
4.4 mi 7.0 km • Loop • 1,257 ft Ascent 383.04 m Ascent
Douglas Family Preserve Loop
1.6 mi 2.6 km • Out and Back • 160 ft Ascent 48.72 m Ascent
Campus Beach Loop
2.5 mi 4.1 km • Out and Back • 69 ft Ascent 21.18 m Ascent
Aliso Canyon Loop
3.5 mi 5.7 km • Loop • 814 ft Ascent 248.22 m Ascent
El Capitan to Refugio State Beach
5.7 mi 9.2 km • Out and Back • 153 ft Ascent 46.67 m Ascent
Navigate on-trail with our free app
“A loop through the heart of the foothills above Montecito.”— John McKinney
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 1.8 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 and you'll turn right to join the Hot Springs Trail as it heads north.
Follow the Hot Springs Trail for roughly 4/10 of a mile to reach a juncture with the Edison Catway, a wide dirt road. Turn right here to follow the Edison Catway as it traverses the mountainside passing turn-offs for both the Saddle Rock Trail and the Girard Trail. After following the Edison Catway for about 1.75 miles to the east, you'll come across a junction with the San Ysidro Trail at the bottom of the San Ysidro Canyon.
At this point you'll turn right, cross San Ysidro Creek, and follow the San Ysidro Trail for roughly 1.2 miles as you descend through the canyon to reach the original trailhead and complete the loop.
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.
Run this trail?
We need help with the following missing trail information:
Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Runner Notes, History & Background
Land Manager: USFS - Los Padres National Forest Office
Nov 26, 2019: Cave Fire Update - November 27, 2019
Nov 25, 2019: Cave Fire Update - November 26, 2019