Tag: Ventura

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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Ennisbrook Trail (Montecito)

Ennisbrook Trail (Montecito) Location: Montecito. From the west, take Highway 101 to the San Ysidro Rd./Eucalyptus Ln. exit (93). Turn left and follow San Ysidro Rd. for 0.1 miles. Turn right on San Leandro Lane and follow it a total of 0.7 miles (make one left and one right turn to stay on San Leandro…

Sycamores, Ennisbrook Trail, Montecito, CA

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Howard Creek Trail (Ojai)

Howard Creek Trail (Ojai) Location: North of Ojai in the Los Padres National Forest. From the town of Ojai, head north on highway 33 for 14 miles (25 miles from Highway 101 in Ventura) to Rose Valley Road.  Turn right and go 0.4 miles to a medium sized, unsigned dirt lot on the right. Park…

Howard Camp, Los Padres National Forest, CA

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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Location: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara. From the south, take Highway 101 to exit 95 (Salinas St.) Follow Salinas St. for 0.8 miles to a traffic circle, where you will continue onto Alameda Padre Serra. Follow Alameda Padre Serra for 2.3 miles to East Los Olivos. Turn right and follow…

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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Douglas Family Preserve

Douglas Family Preserve Location: Coastal Santa Barbara. The preserve has several entrances. The route described here uses the entrance off of Cliff Drive, next to Arroyo Burro Beach. From Highway 101, take the Las Positas/Highway 225 exit (#100) and head south for 1.8 miles. Turn right on Cliff Drive and go 0.2 miles. The entrance…

Douglas Family Preserve, Santa Barbara, CA

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Sunset Hills/Woodridge Loop

Sunset Hills/Woodridge Loop Location: Erbes Road, Thousand Oaks. From the south, take the 23 Freeway to Sunset Hills Blvd.  Turn right and go 0.2 miles to Erbes Road.  Turn left and go 0.7 miles and park in a large dirt lot on the left side of the road (if you reach the freeway, you’ve gone…

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Tapo and Chivos Canyons

Tapo and Chivos Canyons Location: Foothills north of Simi Valley.  From the 118 Freeway, take Tapo Canyon Road exit and head north (turn right if you’re coming from the east; left if from the west.)  The trail head will be on the right side of the road at 1.5 miles, shortly before the intersection with…

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Big Sky Loop (Simi Valley)

Big Sky Loop (Simi Valley) Location: Simi Valley.  From the 118 Freeway, take the Erringer Road exit and head north (turn right if you’re coming from the east; left if from the east).  Go 0.6 miles and park in a small lot on the right side of the street, just before the intersection with Falcon…

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Challenger Park (Simi Valley)

Challenger Park (Simi Valley) Location: South Simi Valley.  From Highway 118, take the First St. exit and go south (turn right if you’re coming from the west, left if from the east) for 2.8 miles.   Turn left into the parking lot signed for Challenger Park (just past the intersection with Stonebrook.  From Highway 23, take…

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Prisoner’s Harbor to Del Norte Campground (Santa Cruz Island)

Prisoner’s Harbor to Del Norte Campground (Santa Cruz Island) Location:  Channel Islands National Park, off the Ventura coast.   Island Packers is the main travel provider to the Channel Islands National Park.  Visit their site here for schedules, fares and other information. Agency:  Channel Islands National Park/National Park Service Distance: 6.4 miles Elevation gain: 1,450…

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Arroyo Verde Park (Ventura)

Arroyo Verde Park (Ventura) Location: Ventura, on the corner of Foothill Road and Day Road.  From L.A., take Highway 101 to Victoria Avenue.  Turn right and follow Victoria 2.3 miles to Foothill Road.  Turn left and go 0.7 miles to the signed park entrance.  Once in the park, drive past the entrance gate 0.4 miles…

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Tarantula Hill (Thousand Oaks)

 Tarantula Hill (Thousand Oaks) Location: Thousand Oaks.  From Highway 101, take the Lynn Road exit.  Head north (turn left if you’re coming from the west; right if from the east) and go 0.8 miles to Gainsborough Road.  The trail head is a small dirt turnout on the left side of the road in 0.7 miles,…

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Long Canyon Loop (Simi Valley)

Long Canyon Loop (Simi Valley) Location: Simi Valley, at the corner of Long Canyon Road and S. Wood Ranch Parkway.  From Highway 118, take the First St. exit and go south (turn right if you’re coming from the west, left if from the east) for 4.5 miles.  En route First St. becomes Long Canyon Road. …

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Toro Canyon Park

Toro Canyon Park Location: Santa Barbara foothills, near Montecito.  From Highway 101 in either direction, take the Padaro Lane exit.  If you’re coming from Santa Barbara, turn left, cross the freeway and turn right on Via Real.  Turn right, go 0.5 miles and turn left on Toro Canyon Road.  If you’re coming from Ventura, take…

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