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Southern Los Padres Trails Guidebook

A review of Craig Carey's Hiking & Backpacking Santa Barbara & Ventura. Read story.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Gaviota Peak Dayhike

A three-hour loop hike starting and ending at Gaviota State Park, and very conducive to mindfulness. Read story.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dayhiking in Socialist Munich

Why do so many consider Munich especially nature-friendly? The celebrated, 910-acre Englischer Garten leads the list in a spectacular way. But that's not all. Read story.

Monday, August 13, 2012

White Ledge Solo Backpack

One way to reduce your civilized "needs" and wants is to go backpacking; and fetching even fewer things along for this five-day easy backpack intensifies the contrast. Read story.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

39-mile Backpack Over Mission Pine Ridge

Or, how our backpacking columnist got lost in the woods and needed Search & Rescue. Read story.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Matilija Falls Day Hike (Ojai)

Although the Matilija is fairly small at 29,600 acres, it abuts the marvelous Dick Smith Wilderness, which also shares a border with the 240,000 acre San Rafael Wilderness. Read story.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Merry Days Along Sunny Manzana Creek

A couple of hiking buddies think it's a shame that these columns “give away” information about pristine and beautiful wild zones. Read story.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Nineteen Oaks and Hidden Potrero Camp via Camuesa Connector Trail

A moderate hike of 8.1 mostly ascending miles, and a short bike-shuttle. Read story.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Rocky Ridge Off-Trail Scramble

Viewed from Santa Barbara, the rounded "peak" east of La Cumbre is a chaotic jumble of large pink and tan boulders with a few gorgeous conifers mixed in. Read story.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Little Pine Mountain Easy Backpack

An easy three-day backpack, plus a 10-mile day hike on the second day. Read story.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

East Hurricane Deck Loop-Backpack

There are several natural obstacles preventing easy access onto the Hurricane Deck formation — which is essentially a gigantic, 17-mile-long sedimentary rock chunk forming the core of the San Rafael Wilderness. Read story.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

La Cumbre Peak Off-Trail Scramble

Mighty La Cumbre Peak looms north, high above my puny dwelling on Santa Barbara’s Westside. Read story.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Tequepis Dayhike

Turn off the Chumash Highway for a vigorous half-day of hiking with profusely beautiful flora and stupendous views. Read story.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Nineteen Oaks Dayhike

The entire trail hike has great geological interest. Read story.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Coldwater Camp Day Hike

Following your bliss on the Manzana Creek Trail. Read story.

Saturday, February 18, 2012
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