Day Hikes Around Santa Barbara 116 Great Hikes

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2018-03-07
  • Publisher: Day Hike Books

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Santa Barbara is a captivating, inviting community that is located in a natural, beautiful setting along California's Pacific coast. The city is located 90 miles north of Los Angeles and 100 miles south of San Luis Obispo The temperate climate and refreshing ocean breezes, very similar to the Mediterranean, have distinguished this area as "the jewel of the American Riviera." The landscape includes mountainous terrain, preserved forests and wilderness areas, and stretches of undeveloped coast, allowing this scenic area to have miles of quiet, secluded hiking trails.

Day Hikes Around Santa Barbara includes 116 day hikes within a 65-mile radius of the city. Most trails are located in natural, undeveloped areas, including 80 miles of coastline, the Santa Ynez Mountains, and the Santa Ynez River Valley. A few trails through urban areas are included as well. A wide range of hikes accommodates amateur to avid hikers, ranging from coastal beach walks to steep canyon climbs. Highlights include oceanside bluffs, beaches, tidepools, wetland preserves, sculpted gorges, rock outcroppings with caves, numerous waterfalls, secluded pools in mossy canyons, mountain ridge trails, historical sites, and stunning overlooks of the Pacific. Straight-forward directions and clear maps accompany every hike.

Companion guides include
Day Hikes Around Ventura County, Day Hikes Around San Luis Obispo, and Day Hikes On the California Central Coast.

Author Biography

Since 1991, Robert Stone has been writer, photographer, and publisher of Day Hike Books. He is a Los Angeles Times Best Selling Author and an award-winning journalist of the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers, the Outdoor Writers Association of California, the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association, the Bay Area Travel Writers, and the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Robert resides summers in Red Lodge, Montana, and winters near Morro Bay, California.

Table of Contents

Ojai Area Map (Hikes 1–19)
1. Potrero John Trail
2. Rose Valley Falls
3. Lion Canyon Trail to West Fork Lion Camp and East Fork Lion Camp
4. Piedra Blanca Formations: Piedra Blanca Camp and Twin Forks Camp? Gene Marshall–Piedra Blanca National Recreation Trail
5. Sespe River Trail
6. Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail
7. Murietta Canyon
8. Matilija Creek Trail
9. North Fork Matilija Creek Trail to Matilija Camp and Middle Matilija Camp
10. Rice Canyon–Wills Canyon Loop: Ventura River • Rancho El Nido Preserve
11. Wills Canyon–Chaparral Crest Loop: Ventura River • Rancho El Nido Preserve
North of Ojai Map (Hikes 12–17)
12. Cozy Dell Trail to Cozy Dell Canyon
13. Pratt Trail: tewart Canyon to Valley View Camp
14. Pratt Trail to Foothill Trail–Cozy Dell Road Loop? Stewart Canyon • Cozy Dell Canyon
15. Shelf Road: ignal Street to Gridley Road above Ojai
16. Fuel Break Road–Shelf Road Loop? Stewart Canyon to Gridley Canyon
17. Gridley Trail to Gridley Springs Camp
Downtown Ojai Map
18. Horn Canyon Trail
19. Sulphur Mountain Road Recreation Trail

Carpinteria • Summerland • Montecito Map (Hikes 20–42)
20. Rincon Point and Rincon Beach Park
21. Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve and Seal Sanctuary
22. Tarpits Park: Carpinteria State Beach
23. Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park
24. Franklin Trail: Meadowview Trailhead to Sutton Creek and Upper Ridge Overlook
25. Toro Canyon Park
26. Toro Ridge Trail
27. Loon Point
28. Polo Club Trail–Toro Canyon Creek Trail
29. Reservoir Trail: Summerland Greenwell Preserve
30. Coffin Family Trail
31. Summerland Beach • Lookout Park
32. Ennisbrook Nature Preserve
33. Hammonds Meadow Trail? Miramar Beach • Hammonds Beach • Butterfly Beach
Santa Barbara Front Range Map (east): (Hikes 34–42)
34. Romero Canyon Loop
35. Buena Vista Overlook
36. San Ysidro Canyon to San Ysidro Falls
37. San Ysidro Canyon–McMenemy Trail Loop? San Ysidro Canyon to Hot Springs Canyon
38. Hot Springs Canyon–McMenemy Trail Loop? Hot Springs Canyon to San Ysidro Canyon
39. Lower East Fork Cold Spring Loop to Montecito Overlook? Cold Spring Canyon
40. Upper East Fork Cold Spring Trail to Montecito Peak? Cold Spring Canyon
41. West Fork Cold Spring to Tangerine Falls? Cold Spring Canyon
42. West Fork Cold Spring to Gibraltar Road? Cold Spring Canyon

Santa Barbara to Goleta
Santa Barbara to Goleta Area Map (Hikes 43–66)
Santa Barbara Front Range Map (west): Hikes 43–53)
43. Parma Park–East Trails
44. Parma Park–West Trails
45. Rattlesnake Canyon Trail: Rattlesnake Canyon Park
Downtown Santa Barbara Map
46. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
47. Mission Canyon Powerline Road
48. Tunnel Trail to Mission Falls: Mission Canyon
49. Seven Falls and Inspiration Point: Mission Canyon
50. Stevens Park: Lower San Roque Canyon
51. Lower Jesusita Trail: Lower San Roque Canyon
52. Jesusita Trail to Inspiration Point from San Roque Canyon
53. Arroyo Burro Trail: San Roque Canyon
54. Honda Valley Open Space Park
55. Shoreline Park
56. Elings Park: The Sierra Club Trail
57. Douglas Family Preserve
58. San Marcos Foothills Preserve
59. San Antonio Creek Trail: San Antonio Canyon Park
60. More Mesa
61. Obern Trail
62. Goleta Beach and the UCSB Lagoon
63. Coal Oil Point Reserve
64. Coronado Butterfly Preserve and Ellwood Main Monarch Grove
65. Ellwood Bluffs: Santa Barbara Shores County Park and Sperling Preserve at Ellwood Mesa
66. Los Carneros County Park

Goleta to Gaviota
Goleta to Gaviota Map (Hikes 64–75)
67. El Capitan State Beach
68. Aniso Trail: El Capitan State Beach to Refugio State Beach
69. Arroyo Hondo Creek Canyon: Arroyo Hondo Preserve
70. Arroyo Hondo Canyon to upper East Ridge: Arroyo Hondo Preserve
71. Beach to Backcountry Trail: Gaviota State Park
72. Yucca–Las Cruces Loop Trail: Gaviota State Park
73. Gaviota Peak with a side trip to Gaviota Hot Springs: Gaviota State Park
74. Tunnel View–Trespass Trail Loop: Gaviota State Park
75. Nojoqui Falls: Nojoqui Falls County Park

Santa Ynez River Valley
Upper Country Map: East Camino Cielo Road and Santa Ynez River Valley (Hikes 76–92)
76. Lizard's Mouth: West Camino Cielo Road

East Camino Cielo Road
77. Fremont Ridge Trail
78. Knapp's Castle from East Camino Cielo Road
79. Arroyo Burro Loop
80. La Cumbre Vista Point
81. Angostura Pass Road
82. Montecito Peak: Cold Spring Trail from East Camino Cielo Road
83. Forbush Flat: Cold Spring Trail
84. Blue Canyon
85. Jameson Lake
86. Agua Caliente Canyon and Hot Springs

Paradise Road
87. Knapp's Castle from Paradise Road and Snyder Trail
88. Aliso Canyon Loop Trail
89. Lower Oso Canyon
90. Oso Canyon to Nineteen Oaks Camp
91. Matias Potrero Trail
92. Red Rocks Pool • Gibraltar Dam: High Road–River Trail Loop

Lake Cachuma area
Lake Cachuma area Map (Hikes 93–97)
93. Lower Tequepis Trail: Tequepis Canyon
94. Tequepis Trail to West Cielo Ridge: Tequepis Canyon
95. Mohawk Mesa Trail: Lake Cachuma
96. Sweetwater Trail to Vista Point: Lake Cachuma
97. Sedgwick Reserve

Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area
Figueroa Mountain Map (Hikes 98–105)
98. La Jolla Trail: Figueroa Mountain Road to Upper Ballard Camp
99. Pino Alto Nature Trail
100. Davy Brown Trail: Upper Trailhead? Figueroa Mountain Road to Davy Brown Campground
101. White Rock–Munch Canyon Loop
102. Davy Brown Trail: Lower Trailhead? Willow Spring Loop from Davy Brown Campground
103. Davy Brown Trail–Munch Canyon Loop from Davy Brown Campground
104. Lower Manzana Creek Trail to Coldwater Camp
105. Upper Manzana Creek Trail to Fish Creek Camp

Santa Barbara to Santa Maria
North Coast Map (Hikes 114–116)
106. Jalama Beach County Park
107. La Purisima Mission State Historic Park
108. Ocean Beach County Park
Santa Maria Map 347
109. Point Sal Overlook: Point Sal State Beach
110. Guadalupe–Nipomo Dunes Preserve to Mussel Rock
111. Oso Flaco Lake Natural Area
112. Black Lake
113. Black Lake Canyon

Carrizo Plain National Monument
Carrizo Plain National Monument Map (Hikes 114-116)
114. Soda Lake
115. Wallace Creek Interpretive Trail
116. Painted Rock Trail

Companion Guides
Non-profit trail organizations

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