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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

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

Parma Park - East

More rugged terrain, the main eastside hike takes you to a great view point. Read story.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Parma Park - West

Originally owned by the Parma Family, the west part of the park is perfect for an early morning or evening hike. Read story.

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Rock Garden

A combination of both trail hiking and off-trail scrambling, you'll climb a fantastic ridge that leads to awe-inspiring sandstone. Read story.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

hot springs

Though not an official trail today, the Middle Fork Trail follows the historic route up to the crest and into a delightful canyon. There is even a scramble route to the crest if you've got the energy to make it that far. Read story.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cold Springs-West Fork

Though not a long nor well-known trail, it leads up a very pretty canyon to Gibraltar Road. A side trip along the way leads to Tangerine Falls and the upper end of the Middle Fork canyon. Read story.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Inspiration Point

Whether for an early morning or evening hike, Inspiration Point is the perfect hike. Read story.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tangerine Falls

For those who love big waterfalls and scenic spots, when the water is running, Tangerine Falls is the best. You'll find this delicious waterfall at the end of a tantalizing scramble up a beautiful canyon. Read story.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Cold Springs Trail-East Fork

Absolutely my very favorite trail. Within a few yards of your car the pools begin. Deep and shaded by alders, the perennial creek offers scores of places to spend an afternoon. Even the name suggests something special. Cold Springs represents the shortest distance you can travel to get the furthest away from Santa Barbara. Read story.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Gibraltar Road Construction Begins Today

Construction on Gibraltar Road brings an added hazard for bicyclists. Read story.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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