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Santa Barbara Hikes

Red Rock to Girbraltar Dam and the Mercury Mine Directions

Gibraltar Dam and the Mercury Mine

From the Mission, corner of Laguna and Los Olivos Street in Santa Barbara...

Get on US 101 going northbound by taking Laguna St. to Mission St. (toward the ocean).

Turn right on Mission St.

Follow Mission St. to the freeway and take US 101 north.

Take the Lake Cachuma/Highway 154 exit. Follow signs to Highway 154 and turn right on to 154.

Head up the mountains and down the other side.

Turn right on Paradise Rd. There is a brown recreation sign before the turn.

Follow Paradise Rd. crossing the river several times and passing several campgrounds and picnic areas. There is a ranger station along the way where you may be able to purchase an Adventure Pass, and one or two kiosks that can sell you the pass, too. You will need an Adventure Pass to park your car.

After approximately 10 miles, park your car after crossing the river. This is as far as you can go on Paradise Rd.

The trail begins at the metal gate across the dirt road adjacent to the river and the parking area.