Newly developed route profiles a major improvement to the Dick Smith map.

Bryan Conant

Newly developed route profiles a major improvement to the Dick Smith map.

Dick Smith Map Revised

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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— Local map guru Bryan Conant has just released a new version of the Matilija & Dick Smith Map Guide published originally in 2008. This newest edition is a complete update from the original print version, with new colors, updated trail information, new camp additions and completely reviewed mileages. The map is available for $10.95 and is available on his website ( or at local outdoor stores.

For those of you who’ve loved Bryan’s maps but wished that he had used the backside to share trail information, photos and other tidbits — your wish has been granted. The backside has route descriptions for each of the wilderness trails, including GPS coordinates for each camp, along with backcountry history and local lore.

Front Cover New Dick Smith Map
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Bryan Conant

Front Cover New Dick Smith Map

The trail information not only is a great new addition but has been arranged to make it really easy for trip planning. There are seven separate sections: Indian & Buckhorn Canyons; Mono and Alamar Trails; Santa Barbara Canyon to Madulce; Alamar & Puerto Suelo Trails; Rancho Nuevo & Deal Canyon; the Don Victor area trails; and the Matilija Wilderness trails. Best of all, Bryan has added really cool route profiles that are worth the price of the map alone.

For those of you who already own a copy of the 2008 map you’ll want a copy of the new one for sure. The updates to the main map are welcome but the backside route information, photos and profiles make it a must-buy. For those of you who don’t own a copy or want to get more acquainted with the Dick Smith and Matilija wilderness areas, you’ll find it a perfect companion for your first trip back there.


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Dead-tree maps are so last millennium. Conant has to find a business model that uses the 'net.

SezMe (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2013 at 1:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks Ray for this information. That north fork Matilija section is not so clear utilizing his 2008 map.
@SezMe, you've lost your bearings since your posts are usually so thoughtful. Uh -- think about it -- we hikers want the friggin' map IN OUR HANDS and not necessarily on a 2-D screen. Likely for Bryan Conant, and luckily for those of us who really head out there frequently, his "business model" wasn't at the top of his list when remaking his '08 map: assisting actual hikers/backpackers was.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2013 at 5:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

We also want it in our hands so we can see the whole thing at once, and see it without relying on batteries or overhead satellite connections which may or may not be there. Jeesh. Talk about missing the entire point.

Nitz (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2013 at 9:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is Bryan, thanks for the mostly kind words. The business model was thrown away years ago, its now much more of a passion model. And to get nit-picky the "paper" is not tree based but rather a recycled plastic product. Which might be worse for the environment, but I get your point. I still see the need for printed products but I have spent some time researching ways to get the maps onto the iPhone or GPS devices. So far the business model for that approach doesn't jive with my passion model - but perhaps sometime in the future. Good advice and I appreciate the suggestions. DrDan - What issues did you have with the Matilija? Curious.

BeBe (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2013 at 11:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

BeBe it was my clumsiness, and having trouble figuring out which was the real Middle Mat. camp and some of the very big "free camps" nearby...

DrDan (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2013 at 1:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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