Tunnel Trail

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Chaparral, pools, and scenic views. Although there is no water and very little shade because it does not follow a prominent canyon or creek, it does afford spectacular views as it rises to the east of La Cumbre Peak. La Cumbre Peak is one mile from the trailhead on East Camino Cielo. The East Camino Cielo trailhead is not signed and is near a private homestead near the intersection of Gibraltar Road and East Camino Cielo. Access to the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens near the bottom of the trail. Parking at the end of Tunnel Road is limited. You may have to hike some distance just to get to the trailhead.

At a Glance

Fees No fee for parking. Adventure Pass is not required for parking.

General Information

Directions: The trail starts at the end of Tunnel Road. From Santa Barbara, take Foothill Road (Hwy 192) turn north on Mission Canyon Road toward to the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens. Turn left on Tunnel Road before the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens and park near the end of Tunnel Road.



Hide detail HIDE

Day Hiking

Moderate to strenuous difficulty. In Santa Barbara front country. Elevation gain 2400 feet to East Camino Cielo Road.

Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
4 miles


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