Friday, August 28, 2009

Cold Spring East Fork Trail in Santa Barbara

Boulder Walk 72 x 42" oil on canvas
© 1995 Katherine Kean

If you’re looking for a cool place to paint outdoors in Southern California try this location in the Los Padres Forest near Santa Barbara. Just a few feet from the road at the beginning of the trail you’ll find the creek, rock pools and plenty of shade. This is good news for those carrying the extra weight of painting supplies and the surfaces to paint on. I’ve heard wonderful things about the trail as it continues further on, but I’ve never taken it any farther than the first set of waterfalls. In the spring there is plenty of water, but it is beautiful all the time. I like the large boulders.

To get there from Los Angeles: travel north on the 101 and take the Olive Mill exit turning right and veer right onto Hot Springs Road then left on 192 and right on Cold Spring road/Mountain Drive until you arrive at the trail head.

Santa Barbara Independent: Ray Ford article about the trail Click on the photo gallery link for some wonderful photographs.

Santa Barbara Hikes page on the Cold Spring Trail This page has comments and updates from hikers.

A website to learn about closures and detours. Unfortunately we are in fire season again. Sometimes it's a good idea to check on conditions before heading out.


Kathryn Hansen said...

thanks!! i'm definitely going to check that out!

Amanda Dagg said...

Hi Katherine I love your painting!

Katherine Kean said...

You're welcome Kathryn! I hope you enjoy it when you do.

Katherine Kean said...

Thanks Amanda - and I yours. In fact I'm wondering how you get that unique texture!

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