Hiking the Backcountry

Pilgrimage to Water

Day-long pilgrimages to verify that a water source still flows or that a spring still drips. Read story.

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Allure of Ancient Rock Art

The mind in the cave inspired to paint. Read story.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Potrero Canyon Trail to Hurricane Deck

The solitude of nature adds to its beauty and can stimulate your creative side. Read story.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

River Rainfall Check

Last week, I decided to check out the water flow in the upper Sespe River. Read story.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Piedra Blanca Trail to Twin Forks Camp

The “playground” nature of the piedras blancas have lured many day hikers and backpackers. Read story.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Rattlesnake Canyon Campfire Found

Ashes and burn marks discovered Sunday morning. Read story.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hiking, Dogs, and Bears

While our three-year drought punishes Santa Barbara, the animals are getting the worst of it and behaving erratically as a result. Read story.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Water Odyssey

A walk along the Manzana in search of a spring and mental rest. Read story.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Letter from Munich

In the midst of Munich's green belts, Dan McCaslin is reminded of the plentitude of his beloved Santa Barbara backcountry. Read story.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Backpacking: Red Reef Trail to Topatopa Bluff

Our Hiking the Backcountry columnist heads toward Ojai. Read story.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Wilderness: The Cure for What Ails Us

Federal wilderness areas yield space for reflection and solitude. Read story.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Hiking Manzana in the Spring

The availability of water dictates the route. Read story.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Manzana Day Hike to 'Ray’s Camp'

A Los Padres forest camp spot is newly named for Ray Ford. Read story.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cottam Camp Loop Day Hike

Drive along Gibraltar and East Camino Cielo to this trailhead down into Blue Canyon. Read story.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Alder Creek Camp and the Upper Franklin Trail

Dan and Chris hike and bike behind Carpinteria. Read story.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
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