Hiking The Gibraltar / Redrock Loop

The 11th most popular hiking trail in California.

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North of Santa Barbara in the Los Padres National Forest, the relatively lush eastern slopes of the Santa Ynez Mountains provide ample opportunities for hiking adventures. A cool loop starting from the Lower Oso Picnic Area combines trail with fire roads on the way to Gibraltar Reservoir and Redrock.

To reach the trailhead from Santa Barbara, follow US 101 north to SR154 (San Marcos Pass Road). Head northwest on SR154 over the pass. Turn right heading south onto Paradise Road. Continue for about 8 miles to the Lower Oso Picnic Area. Continue hiking up Paradise Road for 0.8 miles to the White Oaks turnoff. Turn right across the river and up Arroyo Burro Road for 2.8 miles. Turn left onto the Matias Patrero Trail for 6 miles to the reservoir. Return north via Paradise Road past Redrock turnoff.

Overall, Gibraltar / Redrock Loop is the 11th most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Gibraltar / Redrock Loop including Gaviota State Park and Romero Canyon Trail.

Hiking The Gibraltar / Redrock Loop - California Hiking Trails

Redrock Trailhead in Los Padres NF (CA/US)

Hiking The Gibraltar / Redrock Loop - California Hiking Trails

Arroyo Burro Road in Los Padres NF (CA/US)

Gibraltar / Redrock Loop Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Los Padres National Forest (805) 967-3481; Santa Barbara Tourism (805) 965-3023; California Tourism (916) 444-4429.

Recommended Book:  "1,000 Best Hikes In California" from Tom Stienstra

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  NFS Upper Oso Campground; Harbor View Inn, Santa Barbara

Luxury Loding:  Hotel Santa Barbara; Simpson House Inn (800) 676-1280; El Encanto (800) 346-7039

Breakfast Restaurant:  Brown Pelican, Santa Barbara; Sambos, Santa Barbar

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/

Article Source:   Hiking The Gibraltar / Redrock Loop https://www.trailsource.com/?type=HIKE&id=10965

GPS:  34.54504, -119.77462

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  7/6/2016

ID:  10965

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