Category: Santa Barbara/Ventura

Coastal and inland hikes northwest of L.A., including the Channel Islands National Park.

Chorro Grande Trail Camp

Location: Pine Mountain, Los Padres National Forest, northern Ventura County. From Highway 33, head east on Pine Mountain Ridge Road (31.5 miles north of Highway 150, 49 miles north of Highway 101 and 5.8 miles south of Lockwood Valley Road). The signed Chorro Grande trail head (23w05) is on the right side of the road…

Chorro Grande Trail Camp, Los Padres National Forest, CA

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Reyes Peak

Location: Pine Mountain, Los Padres National Forest, northern Ventura County. From Highway 33, head east on Pine Mountain Ridge Road (31.5 miles north of Highway 150, 49 miles north of Highway 101 and 5.8 miles south of Lockwood Valley Road). Follow the road 7.1 miles to the Reyes Peak Trail Head at the end (the…

Reyes Peak, Los Padres National Forest, CA

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Gaviota Peak and Hot Springs

Location: Gaviota State Park, Santa Barbara County. From Highway 101 (32 miles west of Santa Barbara and 8 miles south of Buellton) take exit 132 for Highway 1/Lompoc. Head east (turn left if you are coming from the north; right if you are coming from the south) and make a quick right onto Gaviota Park…

Ocean view from Gaviota Peak, Santa Barbara County, CA

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Carrizo Plain National Monument: Soda Lake Overlook and Wallace Creek Interpretive Trail

Carrizo Plain National Monument: Soda Lake Overlook and Wallace Creek Interpretive Trail Location: Carrizo Plain National Monument, eastern San Luis Obispo County. Both trail heads can be accessed from 7 Mile Road. The turnoff is on Highway 58, 51 miles east of San Luis Obispo, 35 miles west of I-5 at Buttonwillow and 55 miles…

Soda Lake, Carrizo Plain, San Luis Obispo County, CA

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Fuel Break Loop (Ojai)

Fuel Break Loop (Ojai) Location: Foothills north of Ojai. From Highway 101, take Highway 33 north for 13.2 miles to downtown Ojai. Follow Ojai Ave (Higway 150) for a mile and turn left on Signal St. Follow Signal St. for 0.5 miles to an intersection with Grand Avenue and bear left to stay on Signal…

Fuel Break Trail, Ojai, CA

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West Fork Lion Falls

West Fork Lion Falls Location: Middle Lion Campground, Los Padres National Forest north of Ojai. From Highway 101 in Ventura take Highway 33 north for 28 miles. Turn right onto Rose Valley Road (about 14 miles past Ojai) and follow it 4.8 miles to a junction. Turn right and drive 0.8 mile to the campground.…

West Fork Lion Falls, Ojai, CA

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Middle Matilija Camp

Middle Matilija Camp Location: Los Padres National Forest northwest of Ojai. In Google Maps, use the address 3970 Matilija Canyon Road for the approximate location. From Highway 101 in Ventura take Highway 33 north for 18 miles, through Ojai. Five miles north of town, shortly before Wheeler Gorge, look for Matilija Canyon Road on the…

Matilija Creek, Ojai, CA

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Elings Park

Elings Park Location: Santa Barbara. From Highway 101, take the Las Positas/Highway 225 exit (100) an head south for 1.1 miles. Turn left onto Jerry Harwin Parkway and follow it into the park. There is a $5 per vehicle fee on weekends. Agency: Elings Park Distance: 1.4 miles Elevation gain: 200 Suggested time: 45 minutes…

Oak at Elings Park, Santa Barbara, CA

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Davy Brown/Willow Spring Loop (Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area)

Davy Brown/Willow Spring Loop (Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area) Location: Davy Brown Campground, Sunset Valley Road, Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area, northwest of Santa Barbara. From Santa Barbara, take Highway 154 northwest for 22 miles to Armour Ranch Road, 4.6 miles past Lake Cachuma. Turn right and follow Armour Ranch Road 1.3 miles to Happy Canyon Road.…

Willow Spring Trail, Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area, Santa Barbara, CA

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Rincon Point

Rincon Point Location: Carpinteria. From Highway 101, take the Bates Road exit (83), located about 14 miles east of Santa Barbara and 19 miles west of Ventura. Head south (turn right if you’re coming from the west; left if from the east) and almost immediately turn into either the parking lot for the state beach…

Tidepools, Rincon Point, Santa Barbara County, CA

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Lake Los Carneros County Park

Lake Los Carneros County Park Location: Goleta. From Highway 101, about 10 miles west of Santa Barbara, take the Los Carneros Road exit (107) and head north. After the traffic circle, take the first right into the park, 0.3 mile north of the freeway and just before Covington Way. Agency: City of Goleta Distance: 1.2…

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More Mesa

More Mesa Location: Goleta, at the corner of Mockingbird Lane and Vieja Drive. From points east, take Highway 101 to the Highway 154/State St. exit (101B). Bear left onto State and follow it a total of 1.7 miles (it becomes Hollister Avenue). Turn left onto Puente Drive and follow it a total of 0.8 mile,…

Bluffs at More Mesa, Santa Barbara, CA

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