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Santa Barbara Hikes

Red Rock to Girbraltar Dam and the Mercury Mine

Gibraltar Dam and the Mercury Mine.

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For:Very long, exposed to the sun, some hills if you go to the mine. Rates a 3 if you just go to the dam.
Sunbird Quicksilver Mine
The Sunbird Quicksilver Mine

Hiking to the Dam is mostly hiking along a fire road, but the views are worth it. The mine is an interesting historical curiosity. Before it was cleaned up, I imagined Twilight Zone episodes being filmed there. The mine sits perched above Gibraltar Reservoir, making it a pleasant, lakeside destination for lunch.

You will need an Adventure PassPass to park your car in the area.

The hike to Red Rock is only about 1 mile or less, but you will get your feet wet sloshing through the creek.

The dam is a 6 mile round trip hike, and the mercury mine is a 10 mile round trip hike. You can bicycle these hikes, too.

Boulder, CO Leave No Trace Frountcountry program