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Montecito Sunset Hike


his is an intermediate-level, conditioning-oriented hike, through and then above San Ysidro Canyon to the McMenemy Overlook. The hike offers ample room to stretch your legs, elevation gain for fitness improvement, and terrific views up and down.

Our primary route is a moderate-length out and back hike, but it is possible to do shorter variations and rejoin the group at our scenic turnaround point.

The main hike covers just under 5 miles roundtrip and has roughly 1350 feet of elevation gain. Three variations include a short hike of about 3 miles and 650 feet of gain, and two middle-distance hikes of roughly 4 miles and 1000 feet of gain.

On all these routes, the terrain is either dirt fire road or well-tended single-track trail.

Please be sure to bring water, a snack, an extra layer of clothing, and a headlamp or flashlight. 

Details of the hike are provided below…hope to see you there!

Montecito Sunset Hike

Hike Type: Conditioning

Level: Intermediate

Route Type: Out & back or lollipop

Distance: 3-5 miles

Elevation gain/loss: 650-1350 feet

Terrain: Footpath and dirt road

Leashed dogs: Yes




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