Welcome to Santa Barbara Hikes!
Santa Barbara has some of the best hiking anywhere, and lots of it!
Lots of hiking trails are listed here with maps, topos and directions to the trailhead. Print out what you need and take it with you.
Then, come back and talk about your adventure.
Latest Hiking Adventures and Information
- LPFA TRAIL PROJECTS in Events, Resources, Buy/Sell/Trade
There are a bunch of spring trail projects up and down the forest. MARCH 16: Santa Cruz T... (0 Replies) - Diane, 08/03/14
- Trans-San Rafael Wilderness III in Adventure Stories
Thanks for the pictures. Makes me want to go there again. My dream is to get strong enough... (4 Replies) - Steve, 26/02/14
- Looking for current info for Manzana Schoolhouse in General Discussion
Thanks for the water report. I think the water in our backcountry always tastes bad. It's ... (2 Replies) - Diane, 22/02/14
- Found - Eno Atlas Suspension System in General Discussion
Found an Eno Atlas Suspension System (http://www.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com/product/AST00... (0 Replies) - Uncle Rico, 10/02/14
- Trans-San Rafael Wilderness I in Adventure Stories
What a nice trip you had. I read your posts out of order. (1 Reply) - Diane, 31/01/14
Diane's Big Adventures
Good Evening Everyone,
Well, we asked for a March Miracle and sure enough we got it – albeit partially in February. The past three storms since Tuesday have doused the Los Padres in precip totals ranging from 2 to almost 18 inches. Matilija Canyon recorded a staggering 17.96 inches over that time. WOW! In addition the storms were quite warm which means most of it was rain not snow.
Initial feedback from across the forest is that most of the creeks that were dry last week were approaching roaring stage by this afternoon. Waterfalls are flowing and there was even a report of three backpackers being safely rescued from flood waters in the Sespe on Friday afternoon. All the rain has caused its' share of damage as many of the Forest gates, roads and trailheads are closed at the moment. We've heard of large boulders, slides and damage to the roads that are open as the land struggles to hold all that water. Similarly, many of the trails are also reporting freshly downed trees, slides and tread damage.
It appears that the storms will subside in the next day and nice spring weather will be back upon us next week. Be patient as the Forest Service works to reopen the roads and gates and of course be safe with crossing the water - remember that water is the #1 killer in the backcountry.
And once you do get back on the trails, please let us know what damage you come across and we'll pass along to the VWR leaders to start organizing trail projects. Looks like our green spring may happen after all........