The McMenemy Trail is a really scenic, very well-maintained route that is quite popular. The hike actually begins at the start of the San Ysidro Trail in Montecito and loops back upon itself.
What Makes It Great
From the San Ysidro Trail, you will hit the McMenemy Trail. It will fork over to the Saddlerock Trail and will head down the Girard Trail before hooking back up to the McMenemy Trail. For a three mile hike, turn around at the Girard Trail interchange at 1.5 miles. For a longer hike (five and a half miles round trip), hike all the way up to Saddlerock and back down. Expect other hikers and horses along the trail as well as wildlife, which may include rattlesnakes. You may also encounter trail runners and mountain bikers. Poison Oak and bees/wasps can be a problem along the trail. There are many places to stop along the way to enjoy the view. Have fun!
Who is Going to Love It
This is a very fun, scenic intermediate hike -- you'll get a workout for sure. The landscape is decorated by gnarly pine trees, shrubs, and the occasional patch of wildflowers. It's not a long day but there's a lot to see along the way.
From the Mission, corner of Laguna and Los Olivos Street in Santa Barbara...
Get on US 101 going southbound by taking Laguna St. to Mission St. (toward the ocean).
Turn right on Mission St.
Follow Mission St. to the freeway and take US 101 south.
Take the San Ysidro exit. Turn left.
At East Valley Rd. (there is a shopping center), turn right.
Pay close attention as you drive, looking for Park Lane, which is not well marked. There's a tree in the way. You will turn left on Park Lane. It's just after you make a sharp left, then a sharp right in the road.
Turn left again at East Mountain Drive.
Park at the end of the road. The trailhead is at the end of the road and is marked by a sign.