This weekend I had the pleasure of going on one of Santa Barbara’s funnest hiking trails 7 Falls with my girlfriend, Ellie. We started off the day at the trail at around 1 and were ready to go! That morning it rained so the ground was a bit muddy but that added to the fun and adventure of the hike!
Round trip this is about a 2-3 mile hike maybe a little longer depending on how courageous you are and willing to do a little more climbing. All the trails start off on a paved fire road and fork into a bunch of other trials when it turns to dirt such as Inspiration Point, or Tunnel Trail. Today though we both planned on doing new hike and that was 7 Falls!
About 20 minutes in we had navigation problems when the trails split but after asking a family where to go we were quickly on our way again. After reaching the creek in about 30 ish minutes we were wondering if this was the end of the hike. There were a lot of college kids swimming in one of the pools and drinking and we were kinda confused on where to go next. So we plopped down on a rock for a picnic lunch! If you ever go on this hike make sure to bring snacks especially if you haven’t eaten lunch because like us your gonna want to spend the whole afternoon there!
After lunch we continued up the creek following these two girls in front of us farther up the trail. For about 10 minutes we both had our shoes on but as we went farther we reached a point where getting wet was necessary to continue… so we took off our shoes and slipped into the chilly water!
All along the way there are lots of waterfalls and pools to swim in or just get your feet wet! So my advice definitely bring a swimsuit your gonna want it!
At what we thought was the end (it was not) there was a large pool that was really deep that you could jump into from the rocks 15 feet up. However being protective for my well being I couldn’t jump because Ellie wouldn’t let me! I was kinda mad at the time but looking back on it now I think that was the smart thing to do. However if your interested in jumping by all means go for it!
Local tips: Apparently there are two large rocks on the sides of the pool on opposite sides of where the waterfall hits the pool, so If you do jump you want to aim right for the middle of the two. Also a more personal tip would be to swim in the pool and check the depth before jumping just to be safe.
After checking out the falls we saw a rope that helped you scale a super steep part of the trail and we decided we would go check it out! Let me just say one of the best views of the trails is right at the top!!! So if you go definitely check this out!!! We ended up just sitting up there for a good ten minutes admiring the view and each other and it was one of the more memorable parts of the hike!
We went a little deeper tromping through poison oak to get just a little bit farther (this ended up being a lot farther) down the trail. Let me just say that there is in fact a fair amount of poison oak on the trail so always look alive! Towards the end we found the largest waterfall of all and although we only spent a few minutes there its worth going back to again for sure despite all the effort to get there!
Now was the time to head back, We scaled up the mountain side heading back over to the rope we took to get up there in the first place. We had finally reached the rope and were ready to descend back down to the jumping pool. I went first and having some experience with climbing I knew to walk down holding the rope backwards. I told Ellie that she should do the same but confidently Ellie said “No Im alright Im just gonna go forward I got it!” I was a little hesitant and had a bad feeling that her over confidence was going to result in one of the two of us getting hurt, but I let it slide. Let me tell you that was a big mistake! Ellie ended up slipping and crashing her head into a rock as she hit the ground hard! Being a tough lighthearted and very cute person though she immediately starts cracking up! So the moral of the story: Always walk backwards when going down the hill on the 7 falls hike!!!
Overall this is a really fun hike it requires some agility but nothing you probably cant handle if you just want to make it to the jumping pit. Its pretty much required that you get a little wet so be prepared for that but its all part of the experience!!!! It was a great hike and a super cool spot that I will for sure check out again!!!!
Overall: 9/10 Another awesome spot to check out!!!!