Santa Ynez Canyon
I parked along the road in the same place I parked when I hiked Hondo Canyon, but this trail goes in the opposite direction. I then had to hike about a mile over trails and roads to get to the Backbone Trail and Trippet Ranch. Thanks to the kind strangers who helped me find the way. It was a hot day and getting back up from the bottom of the canyon was tough.
I started out going in the wrong direction. The trails are poorly marked for the first three quarters of a mile.
The school interpretive trail ended at a paved road. I then walked down Topanga Canyon Blvd. for about a hundred yards and up Entrada Road to a parking lot and the beginning of Dead Horse Trail. The walk along the road is a little hairy – not much room on the shoulder in some spots.
Finally I reach Dead Horse Trail. The trail is very well marked. Over the mile and a half there were six or seven signs pointing the way. The ground is mostly flat and rocky.
I was greeted with a view of the Santa Monica Bay once I got a little closer to the turn-off that would lead me down into the canyon. Santa Ynez Canyon Trail is steep, especially at the top, without much cover from the Sun.
There’s a waterfall down here but it’s rough going. There are several stream crossings and often I found myself walking right up the stream bed. I’m not sure how anyone would get back here if the water was really flowing. I arrived at a little waterfall, something of a disappointment. I believe there are bigger falls the further back you go. Photo 2 – People pull themselves up and over the rocks with this yellow rope. I turned around here.