Trail Quest: Above Tangerine Falls

There are a number of ways to explore Cold Spring Canyon, but the road less traveled leads above Tangerine Falls, where one can find the remains of an old homestead deep within the canyon. Cold Spring Canyon, like many canyons in the Santa Ynez Mountains, represents a riparian corridor through the chaparral. The creek supports a variety of trees such as bay laurel, sycamore and maple, and other plants, which in turn support a range of birds and other wildlife. The hike to the homestead ruin, often referred to as the Root Cellar, is about 3.5 miles round-trip. From the ruins one can extend the hike along a nearby, and somewhat steeper trail to East Camino Cielo Road, for a longer hike of about six miles round-trip. more

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