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Hiking the Backcountry

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

Two-Day Hurricane Deck Backpack

A favorite, fairly easy, 17-mile, two-day backpack into the San Rafael Wilderness. Read story.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Figueroa Mountain One-Day Hike/Bike

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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012