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Sam Sockwell
(sockwellsam) - MLife
? Santa Barbara area hikes worthwhile? on 11/17/2012 19:04:14 MST Print View

We have some days coming up in 3 weeks and might be in Santa Barbara, but did not know if any of the hikes there are really good. Anybody with some knowledge of the area hikes? Thumbs up or down?

Thanks! Sam

David Noll
(dpnoll) - MLife

Locale: Maroon Bells
Santa Barbara Hikes on 11/19/2012 04:47:47 MST Print View

Try this blog.

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
SB hikes on 11/19/2012 06:44:30 MST Print View

Lots of day hikes directly behind Santa Barbara in the front country mountains. Most follow the creeks up the canyons and eventually top out on the top of the ridge line (Camino Cielo). These are all just day hikes.

If you're looking for a longer overnight hike, head over the hill into the Santa Ynez valley to access the SB backcountry and adjacent wilderness areas (San Rafael and Dick Smith Wildernesses).

Ojai area (just south and inland of SB) also has lots of good hikes and access to the Sespe Wilderness.

I do most of my hiking in the local SB and Ojai backcountry. The website is a good resource as are the hiking maps made by Bryan Conant, which are available at any of the local hiking shops.

If you have questions about a specific trail or route, shoot me a PM.