The Figueroa mountain is a part of the San Rafael mountain range in southern California in Santa Barbara County. This mountain is located within the Los Padres National Forest. The mountain is gorgeous and has wild beautiful views of the surrounding mountain range. The trail is filled with green hills full of wildflowers. Purple lupins are abloom all over the mountain if you hike at the right time of year magic. A trail that showcases Californian wildflowers better than most other trails. There are lots of trails and hikes in this area such as lover’s loop that has gorgeous views of the Santa Ynez Valley and wildflowers. This is one of my top 2 favorite wildflower hikes in California.
How to get there/trailhead
The mountain trailhead is found at Davy Brown Campground. It’s about 2 hours north of Santa Barbara and an hour north of Solvang. The Davy Brown Trail begins in the campground and leads to the top of Figueroa Mountain Road. Davy Brown Campground is approximately 2 miles west of Nira Campground. Start from the campground and pass a gate. Follow the road to start your hike on the Davy Brown Trail. Hike along the creek. You need to cross the creek twice. Head southwest to hike into Fir Canyon. At about the 2 mile mark you will come across a cabin. The creek will be crossed 2 more times before you reach an unmarked divide in the trail. The right goes to the mountain lookout and the left goes onto the Willow Spur Trail. Follow this for almost a mile before reaching another junction with Willow Spring Trail. Go straight to walk on Willow Spring Trail. This is the trail that takes you up to the final overlook of the mountain at the top, just a little over a mile further on this trail.
Miles: 9 miles
Elevation: 4,528 ft
Elevation Gain: 2700ft
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Davy Brown Campground
This is a very convenient place to camp at the trailhead if you are wanting to hike and do a quick overnighter or a sunrise morning hike, then you can spend the night before your hike. This campground is 26 miles northeast of Santa Barbara. The campground sits at 2100 feet under oak and pine trees in the beautiful Santa Ynez
- $20.00 per night per single family site for up to 6 people and 1 vehicle
- $10.00 extra person (up to 8) per night and $10.00 extra vehicle charge (up to 2) per night
- $10.00 day use fee per vehicle
Best Seasons To Visit:
- Golden Age/Golden Access Pass for single family campsites only
- Parks Management Day Use Annual Pass
I write an in depth article in my blog here about camping at Lake Cachuma. This is one of my favorite budget camping spots in California. I camped here and drove early in the morning to do the hike at sunrise.