The perfect hike for those hot summer days, the Seven Falls hike requires a good pair of water/rock scrambling shoes and a comfortable bathing suit. Probably one of the more “technical” hikes in the front range, you’ll come across some minor bouldering and a few spots that will more than likely require you to get wet.
What Makes It Great
The trailhead begins at the end of Tunnel Road. You’ll follow the paved, and then dirt, access road for about a mile. Once you hit the creek, you turn right and make your way up the creek bed. All together, the hike is about 3 miles round trip. Since this is such a perfect summer time hike, you might have to share the trail many others. Also, depending on the winter/spring rain, the falls can dry up by the later summer months. Other hikes from this trail head include Jesusita, Cathedral Peak, Inspiration Point, and Arlington Peak.
Who is Going to Love It
Anyone up for a fun, quick adventure topped out by a dip in the pools will enjoy 7 Falls. The scrambling and hiking is fun, but may be a bit overwhelming for smaller kids. Summer weekends can get crowded.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From Santa Barbara Hikes: From the Mission, corner of Laguna and Los Olivos Street in Santa Barbara...Head up Los Olivos toward the mountains. The road makes a jag and becomes Mission Canyon Rd.At the stop sign, turn right on Foothill Rd.At the stop sign and fire station, turn left onto Mission Canyon Rd.At the fork in the road, stay left on Tunnel Rd.
Drive to the end of Tunnel Rd. and park your car. Be careful to park with your tires completely within the line or you will be towed. They are not kidding about that. It is a congested neighborhood and parking within the white line helps emergency vehicles get through. Please be courteous to car traffic as you walk up and down the road and let residents get through. Please keep dogs on leash because there is a flock of free-range chickens that lives in the area. Residents have been pretty vocal about the traffic and safety issues in the area and your courtesy will keep the trailhead open.
Hike up to the end of the road by the large water tank and metal gate across the road. This is the trailhead.