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.
Gaviota Coast Beach Greenhouse Camping
The camping spot is located on a private farm cliffside with the ocean and private beach access for surfing as well as a pizza oven where you can make homemade pizzas. There are wooden yoga decks that are built cliffside over the ocean to do sunrise or sunset yoga sessions overlooking the beach. There are hiking and walking trails in the property and different tables and chairs to enjoy the views all around.
New Cuyama Glamping
Glamping is currently all the rage in California. It’s a great way to be outdoors, but also comfortable. One of the trendiest spots is these glamping wagons outside of Ojai, CA. Ojai is a little mountain town in the middle of nowhere. It’s where the mountains meet the desert creating epic panorama views of the mountains while camping in the desert. The glmaping spot is a small artistic with 5 wagons. They have outdoor hot tubs and an artistic public living room with bathrooms. There is a huge fire pit with lots of free wood for fires at night. The staff are super friendly and this is one of my favorite glamping experiences to this day yet!
Santa Ynez Valley & Lupins
Things to do nearby
Solvang danish town
Velkommen to the cutest little Danish town hidden in a blooming green valley near the Los Padres Mountains. Solvang was founded by Danish immigrants in 1911. There is still a large Danish community that lives here and runs the tourist part of town. The town draws people from all over to see the little Denmark of California.
Gaviota Wind Caves Hike & Hot Springs
Gaviota Wind Caves is one of the best hikes in this area and has the best views of the valley and ocean in the distance. This is a 2 mile trail that is a moderate level. The hills are green and come alive with yellow wildflowers in the spring. The hot springs are aqua blue in a jungle hike a mile in. This is a beautiful area!
Topanga Overlook Hike
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Topanga Overlook hike is inside Topanga State Park and is an amazing view of the Santa Monica mountains and reaches what is referred to as Rosas Overlook. This is a concrete graffiti art slab in the middle of the mountains with panoramic views that are beautiful.
Point Mugu Hike
This is the highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains and has a carpet of wildflowers in the spring all the way to the top of the summit. This hike is in the southern part of Point Mugu State Park. Low rolling mountains, sweeping meadows of native grass, spectacular coastal views, and a few sections of steep ascent make this a great way to spend a morning. Highly recommended in the spring for the wildflowers in full bloom almost the whole trail.