The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County Trail Map ~ Midland School Property

This amazing trail map produced by the Santa Barbara County Trails Association has all of the details about permits, trail difficulty and routes you need!  Enjoy and happy hiking! 

~Midland School

Our History~

Midland School was founded in 1932 as a small, rural boarding school for grades 9−12. Offering a challenging college preparatory curriculum and experiential learning, Midland cultivates a strong work ethic rooted in community and stewardship. Midland attracts and develops self reliant and responsible students, who become effective leaders, partners, parents, employees, and citizens.

In 2009, Midland was awarded a Governor’s Award for Environmental and Economic Leadership, California’s highest environmental honor. Midland School Property with Figueroa Mountain Road being the only paved road in the vicinity, Midland’s property contributes significantly to one of the largest undeveloped and unfragmented habitats in the mountains and foothills of Southern California.

Midland School is forward-thinking and cares deeply about its land. By placing 95% of its 2,860 acres into a conservation easement with The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, Midland has preserved its land forever. Midland makes 35 miles of private trails accessible to the public.

Midland does not charge for use of its trails; however, donations are greatly appreciated and help the school to oversee the permit process and maintain public access. To learn more about Midland or to make a gift to help preserve the property, please email, visit, or call 805. 688.5114.

Midland School Trails Midland School has made two entry points for the trail network available to the public ON FOOT and HORSEBACK ONLY. Mountain biking is NOT permitted on Midland’s trails. Please note these access points DO NOT orginate on the school campus, classes are in session for the majority of the year. 


  • The first is known as the Green Gate trailhead and is located at the east edge of what was formerly Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. This trailhead is popular with equestrians, as there is an excellent parking area a few hundred yards inside the gate and miles of jeep roads and open countryside for those on horseback to explore. Horseback riders must make a trail ride reservation at least 48 hours in advance of their visit by emailing Permission to ride will be granted via email with detailed instructions. Midland does not accept trail ride requests by phone. 


  • A mile further east on Figueroa Mountain Road, near the bridge over Birabent Creek, you’ll spot the main parking area and entry point for those on foot. The main trail leads directly upstream towards Grass Mountain, with side trails into other parts of the ranch offering a variety of loop hikes. The Santa Barbara County Trails Council has been extremely active in building new trails and improving existing ones to expand the trail system even further.

Use the map with the mileage and elevation information described in the trail map to put together your own adventure. Combining parts of several trails – Lover’s, Birabent Canyon, Red Rock Springs, Senior Cutoff, Maple Canyon, and High Country – you can piece together loop routes ranging from a bit over a half mile in length to ones over 10 miles long. The ultimate experience in the spring for those on foot is the trip up to Grass Mountain when the poppies and lupine are in bloom. The views are always amazing.


The Midland School trails are a private trail system opened to the public through the generosity of the school. Permits must be obtained prior to heading out on the trails. Hikers must fill out a permit and parking pass at the trail heads, where permit boxes are located.


Here is a link to the TRAIL MAP: Santa Barbara Trail Map ~ Midland School Property

Please note that these hiking permits are for hikers on foot, HIKING PERMIT: 



5100 Figueroa Mountain Road/PO Box 8, Los Olivos, CA 93441 | ph: 805-688-5114 |

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