Santa Barbara Shores Loop
ElevationAscent: 134' 41 m
Descent: -134' -41 m
High: 79' 24 m
Low: 25' 8 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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“A short loop offering coastal views and butterfly watching.”— John McKinney
From here you can run down the coast along the towering cliffs for about 3/4 of a mile to a beach access point. You can take this path down to the beach, but be aware it is one of the most tar-filled beaches in the state. Continuing along the bluff tops, you can run for 1/4 of a mile to a stand of eucalyptus trees before veering left to join a trail heading inland (northward). After running this path momentarily you'll reach the ends of the residential cul-de-sacs of the Santa Barbara Shores community. From here, turn left to follow the Butterfly Preserve Trail to the west. You'll run through this area, full of Monarch butterflies before once again coming to an intersection with the Sperling Preserve Trail, which you'll follow to the right (inland). 3/10 of a mile of running will return you to the original trailhead and parking area, thus completing 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.
Buckwheat, sage, fennel, mustard, and lemonade berry can be found along the bluff tops on the Sperling Preserve Trail.
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Land Manager: City of Santa Barbara - Parks and Recreation Department