Gibraltar Dam and the Mercury Mine.
[out of 5]
|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.|
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.
Gibraltar Dam and the Mercury Mine UpdatesUpdate trail conditions
Posted: January 8, 2013, 5:26 pm
Posted: February 26, 2011, 4:30 am
by: Cross Tie Walker
Everything’s in great shape, freshly-clipped as preparations for the SBER (http://www.sber.co/) get under way. Enjoy it before the road reopens!
Posted: October 26, 2009, 11:42 pm
There are a few merges and intersections along the way. On your way back, be sure to pick the right path (make note on your way there!). Otherwise, you could get lost easily... like I did (I often do anyway). But I was able to notice it and backtrack in time before I ran out of energy. So that wasn't too bad.
I took the road both ways. But I think it would have been more fun to take the river route, as the road is not really near any water holes that I could jump in.
Oh, and there were a lot of annoying flies following me around.
A note: it's a 45 minutes drive from UCSB to the trail head, assuming no traffic and driving the speed limit-ish.
Posted: May 3, 2009, 4:50 pm
Posted: March 21, 2007, 12:35 am
Posted: January 17, 2007, 4:45 pm
Posted: April 22, 2005, 10:00 pm
I highly recommend boulder-hopping up Gidney Creek a half-mile to get to the most incredible jumble of enormous, mossy boulders with swirling water and subterranean waterfalls and pools I've seen anywhere in our backcountry. Or just anywhere. Travel gets VERY interesting, to say the least. (Chimney, wade, crawl, boulder moves, etc...) If you can find a way through them all, I'd like to hear how!
Posted: March 23, 2005, 8:29 pm