San Marcos Foothills Preserve / Lotusland

I began my day at San Marcos Foothills Preserve, a newer hiking destination in Santa Barbara. There are about six miles of trails running through a former a cattle ranch. It’s also super easy to get to, located just a few minutes drive from the 101 Freeway. Afterward I toured Lotusland, an amazing, private botanical garden. One must make a reservation at Lotusland.org before arriving.
Total Hiking Distance: Six miles at San Marcos Preserve and three hours of wandering through Lotusland.

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