Lake Los Carneros Trails

Lake Los Carneros Nature Preserve

Lake Los Caneros Lake Los Carneros TrailLake Los Caneros from aboveLake Los Caneros MapTrail Head: 181 North La Patera Lane, Goleta, CA 93117
Trail Head Coordinates: 34.441555, -119.844181

What to Expect: 25 acre lake, open fields, and a network of trails that are primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding. The park is accessible year-round.

This 140 acre park was once part of the original Rancho La Patera. The park features a series of loop trails, grassy fields, mountain views and includes a man-made lake, which attracts a rich variety of bird life.

The trails on the east side of the park are relatively flat. Take caution when walking on the west side of the park due to uneven surfaces and steep inclines. Download Map

• Difficulty Rating: Easy
• Distance: 1.0 Mile out and back
• Grade Change: < 5%
• Trail Layout: Loop + Linear
• Surface: Dirt
• Average Width: 6 feet
• Shade: Limited
• Obstacles: None
• Accessibility: Not Rated
• Restrictions: Dogs on leash
• Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
• Emergency: Call 911

Things to Do: Walking, birding, wildlife viewing, jogging, photography, and picnicking.

Amenities: Lake, benches, wildlife viewing and mountain vistas. No Restrooms at trailhead.

What to Bring: Map, sun protection, layered clothing, flashlite, first aid kit, water, snack, cellphone, and personal identification.

Trail Etiquette: Have fun, be friendly and considerate. Leave what you find. Respect wildlife. Stay on trail.

Access Mode/Parking: By car and bike, Park on street.

Points of Interest: Lake Los Carneros Nature Preserve adjoins great family attractions like Stowe House, Railroad Museum, and taking rides on a model railroad.

Directions: From Santa Barbara, drive west on Hwy. 101, exit at Los Carneros Rd., and proceed north. Drive about quarter a mile and turn right at the round-about on to Calle Real. Drive about 6/10ths mile and turn left on N. La Patera. Drive about 2/10ths miles and park on the road side. There are multiple entry points to the park.

Nature Preserve Managed by:

• City of Goleta Public Works | Parks and Open Spaces Division