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Camino Cielo to
Trail Notes & Photos
Trail Head: Here is a photo of the parking area next to E. Camino Cielo
Road, water tower and trail marker.
Directions to Trail Head
Near downtown Santa Barbara exit the 101 freeway at Mission Street and turn towards the city (which is also towards the mountains). Stay in the right hand lane as you drive on Mission Street to avoid being blocked by cars making a left turn. Drive 0.97 miles across town until Mission Street ends at Laguna Street and turn left on Laguna Street. Drive 0.11 miles up Laguna Street until you see Mission Santa Barbara and turn right on Los Olivos Street. Drive 0.66 miles up Los Olivos Street (you will quickly encounter a Y intersection - stay left) until you reach Foothill Road. Turn right at Foothill Road. Drive 0.80 miles until you reach an intersection where you see a large white building with no windows at which point Foothill Road becomes Mission Ridge Road. You need to turn left here on to Mountain Drive. Drive 0.25 miles until you reach Gibraltar Road. Gibralter Road is a long winding road that takes you to the top of the mountain. You will drive 6.26 miles up Gibralter Road (about 20 minutes) until you reach E. Camino Cielo Road where you turn right. There is no actual sign that says "E. Camino Cielo Road" but it is the only road intersection once your first reach the top of the mountain. E. Camino Cielo Road is instead marked by a large battered brown sign that lists the miles to various destinations in both directions. After turning right on E. Camino Cielo Road drive 3.51 miles (about 12 minutes) until you see a large cement water tower on the right side of the road that has a dirt parking area in front of it. Park your car here. Look for the trail head sign downhill and to the right of the cement water tower. The driving distance from the 101 freeway to the trail head is 12.5 miles and takes about 45 minutes. The GPS coordinates of the trail head are 34.484179, -119.639071.