Hiking the Backcountry
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
Or, how our backpacking columnist got lost in the woods and needed Search & Rescue. Read story.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
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
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
A moderate hike of 8.1 mostly ascending miles, and a short bike-shuttle. Read story.
Monday, May 21, 2012
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
An easy three-day backpack, plus a 10-mile day hike on the second day. Read story.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
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
Mighty La Cumbre Peak looms north, high above my puny dwelling on Santa Barbara’s Westside. Read story.
Friday, March 23, 2012
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
The entire trail hike has great geological interest. Read story.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Following your bliss on the Manzana Creek Trail. Read story.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
A favorite, fairly easy, 17-mile, two-day backpack into the San Rafael Wilderness. Read story.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Mileage: 3.0 ascending hike and 8.5 miles easy cycling. Suggested time: Approximately 4 hours, not including driving time to Santa Ynez Read story.