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Santa Barbara Hikes

The Playgrounds

The Playgrounds

Rating:
[out of 5]
 *  *  * 1/2
For:Involves class 3 rock climbing if you do the whole thing. You can avoid the rock climbing if you wish, reducing this hike to about a 2.
Big Boulder at the Playgrounds
Big Boulder at the Playgrounds

This hike is a very special treat. The hike itself is not very long. Perhaps you will travel 3 or 4 miles. But much of that will be rock hopping on a Playground of sandstone boulders and crevices. If you are lucky, maybe you will find your way to The Narrows, which is a very long, narrow crack in the rock that runs for several hundred yards and leads you through a dark cave at one point. If you are a climber, there are many great opportunities for bouldering, and there is even a climbing wall or two. I am not much of a climber, but looking at one of them, I would guess it is rated quite high on the climber's rating scale as it is an overhang all the way and possesses "biohazards"—wasp nests in enough holes that I would be afraid of each and every handhold. But it is a well-used and obviously well-loved climbing spot. Someone has taken the time to put in wood benches.

Disclaimer: Just because this hike is short it is not easy. It can be difficult climbing the rocks. But you can make a short, easy hike out of this if you want. You are free to stop at the first rocks you see for a nice picnic overlooking Goleta.

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