Prescription for the perfect workout: back country roads, excellent scenery, not too much traffic, and a couple of good climbs-this is an apt description of the Drum Canyon/Harris Grade Loop, especially during wildflower season.
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Nojoqui Falls is located in one of Santa Barbara’s prettiest county parks. It is a short walk up the lush, narrow canyon to the falls, a 150′ foot drop over a travertine apron filled with clusters of maidenhair fern.
In the spring there is no more beautiful place in the county than the crest of Figueroa Mountain, literally covered with square miles of poppy and lupine and forests of Coulter pine.
The country feeling begins almost immediately after you turn onto Foxen Canyon Road but the real treat are the wineries that lay ahead: Firestone; Fess Parker; and Zaca Mesa among others.
allard Canyon is one of the prettiest hideaways in the area, a long, thin valley formed by the creek running through the middle of it. The canyon is isolated, with few cars and lots of scenery. You may even spot a few bison grazing in the hills.
Mesa Lane is a nice alternative access point to Arroyo Burro on the really warm days when there are huge crowds there. Ninety percent of the people who visit Arroyo Burro rarely venture more than a half mile in either direction, which means if you drop down from Mesa Lane you won’t see too many people.
The walk along the edge of the cliff at sunset is one of the nicest you will find anywhere. The steps leading down to the beach at the end of Mesa Lane is nearby, making a very nice loop walk to Arroyo Burro via the beach and back up the trail.
Just having a quaint beachside restaurant at the ocean’s edge makes this beach a nice place to visit. The coastline in either direction provides access to long stretches of relatively deserted beach.