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Santa Ynez Waterfall, CA
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Santa Ynez Waterfall, CA 
Santa Ynez Waterfall, CA
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2016
Hiking4.00 Miles 423 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   2.50 mph
423 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
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This was supposed to be a quick hike since it's Christmas Eve and there's lots to do, but I ended up making some wrong turns which turned what was supposed to be a 2.5 mile hike into a 4 mile hike. Oh well. Now that I know the way next time I'll get a clean GPS track and post an official description. But my wrong turn did give me a chance to see a pair of mule deer that I wouldn't have otherwise. It rained all day yesterday, so I was hoping that there would be water in the waterfall which I know was dry for the last several months at least. Most of the way up the stream bed was dry so I didn't have high hopes. But then a half mile past the junction with the trail up to Trippet Ranch the trail crossed the stream that was running. From there onwards the trail crosses the stream multiple times. At one point there is a tree that fell recently across the trail that had I had to climb over, but it wasn't too bad. Towards the end the trail is the stream and you have to step across rocks to keep your feet dry. I climbed up the rock to the left of the waterfall which had some footholds carved into the rock. Once I got to the plateau over the first fall I turned around and headed back.

Edit 12/27/16: After re-reading the trail description on hikespeak I confirmed my strong suspicion that I had turned around just shy of the actual waterfall. I turned back because I had already spent more time on the trail than I had intended to and it looked like it would be challenging to keep my feet dry going on up the narrow canyon. Oh well. Even without seeing the actual falls it was a fun morning hike.

Another thing that struck me as odd on my way back down is where does the water in the stream go? The trail more or less follows the stream down the canyon, but at some point the stream bed is dry. All that water has to go somewhere, but it seems to just disappear. I'll have to investigate this next time.
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