Grass Mountain Trail

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8.4 km
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735 m
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The Grass Mountain Trail is an amazing adventure in the Los Padres National Forest that boasts commanding vistas of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the San Rafael Mountains. This impressively scenic trek is no walk in the park, so expect to get your heart rate up!

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Route Description for Grass Mountain Trail

The Grass Mountain Hike is a must add to your adventure itinerary. The next time you find yourself in the Santa Ynez Valley and you are seeking a scenic but strenuous day hike, you now know to summit Grass Mountain. Indulge yourself in commanding views of the encompassing mountain ranges and the bustling valley below. Be sure to wear a sturdy pair of footwear and pack plenty of water to get the most out of this demanding excursion. Note hikers must fill out a free hiking permit and parking pass, which are located at the trailhead.

After filling out the permits, begin your trek along the Grass Mountain Trail heading northeast. This section of the hike will guide you along the curves of Alamo Pintado Creek, which provides a relaxing ambiance as you climb. Continue hiking through the canyon, and the path will eventually diverge away from the creek, heading north up the mountainside. This segment of the trek is the hardest, requiring you to ascend the vertiginous terrain to the summit of Grass Mountain.

When you ultimately reach the peak, you will be rewarded for your efforts with breathtaking views. Admire the 360-degree panoramic views of the dramatic landscape and revel in the grandeur of the mountainous wilderness. Retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead when you are ready.

Getting to the Grass Mountain Trail Trailhead

Access this hike from the trailhead off Figueroa Mountain Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground


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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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