Posted by: James Wapotich | July 19, 2017

Trail Quest: Santa Paula Canyon

Made several visits to Santa Paula Canyon to check out the different swimholes. On the first visit also hiked up to Jackson Falls and Jackson Hole, unfortunately no water in Jackson Falls and only standing water in Jackson Hole. Good water at Jackson Camp.

Plenty of great water however at Santa Paula Canyon Falls and the various features described as the Punch Bowls. The water is still clear, and flowing, and definitely worth the visit in spite of the crowds. Best time to go is during the week. Article appears in section A of the July 17th, 2017 edition of Santa Barbara News-Press.

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Santa Paula Canyon Falls seen from the hill overlooking the creek near Big Cone Camp

East Fork Santa Paula Creek trail hiking backpacking punch bowls

Scenery along East Fork Santa Paula Creek

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Great pool just above Santa Paula Canyon Falls

Punch bowl Santa Paula Canyon Last Chance Trail Cross Camp waterslide

Large pool in the narrow gorge of Santa Paula Canyon past Cross Camp, featuring a waterslide.

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Scenery along Last Chance Trail, past Cross Camp heading towards Jackson Camp

Older articles can be seen by scrolling down or using the search feature in the upper right corner. Articles from the News-Press appear here a couple months after they appear in the paper.

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Giant Stream Orchid along side creek, Santa Paula Canyon


  1. OMG! This looks like an epic trail. Thank you for so consistently bringing such beauty into my inbox, James. This one, especially, grabbed my attention. That water looks so inviting…I had a vision of diving in just now. Keep it going brother.

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