Lower Oso - Hiking

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This short, flat, and easy trail is a great option for introducing the young'uns to the outdoors.

Written by

Courtney Johnson


2.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

9.8 miles


1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1 hour +/-


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


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Lower Oso Trail



This short one mile hike from Lower Oso to the Upper Oso Campground (two miles roundtrip) is great for kids because it is fairly flat (only 100 feet of elevation gain) and manageable. For a longer jaunt, continue from the Upper Oso Campground and into Oso Canyon.

What Makes It Great

 This is also a good introductory trail run because of the short length and the relatively low elevation gain. The lush meadows, surrounding terrain, bridge crossing and potential wildlife viewing makes kids feel like they are on a true hike. Enjoy a picnic pre or post hike at the picnic area at Lower Oso.

Who is Going to Love It

It's a nice hike for families but also for anyone who wants to enjoy an hour in the wilderness. It's a quick out and back that can be part of your adventures from the campground. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Lower Oso campground is located at Paradise Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. 


Lower Oso

Santa Barbara, CA,
34.546661, -119.7768

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