Hiking the Backcountry

Gibraltar Dam Loop-hike

Where can we find some explanation for that incurable longing to get outside and beyond the lovely city where most of us live and flourish with our families? Read story.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Blue Canyon Hike-Bike Loop

Less than an hour's drive from Montecito, cycle and walk all morning in wild beauty. Read story.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Matilija North Fork Backpack

I recommend solitary ventures in the wild if you are fit, experienced, cautious, and eager for new inner and outer discoveries. Read story.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sisquoc River Scramble

Six days and five nights of strenuous backpacking, no layover days, river-walking the Sisquoc amid riparian splendor. Read story.

Monday, October 22, 2012

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
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