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Santa Barbara Hikes

The Playgrounds Directions

The Playgrounds

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.

Exit the freeway on 154/Cachuma Lake/State St. exit. Follow the signs to 154.

Head up 154. After the 4th turnout, get in the left turn lane and turn left on Kinevan Rd.

After passing through a dangerous rock/curve, take the left fork in the road. This is West Camino Cielo Rd.

Careful of the hairpin turn.

There will be a long row of mailboxes on your left. Continue straight.

Pass the funny boulder on your right.

Pass the Windemere sign.

Careful of the other hairpin turn. Well, almost a hairpin.

Watch the telephone poles. This is the crucial way to find the trail. As soon as there is a telephone pole on the left side of the road, touching the side of the road, with a large oak tree and a place to park, you've found the trailhead. This is the only telephone pole in the area that is this right next to the road. So keep looking for the correct pole.

This spot where you park, with the oak and the telephone pole, is also almost right across the street from a driveway. There is a sign by the driveway that says "Tanbark Oak."

The trailhead is in the bushes on the Goleta side of the road a few feet from the telephone pole, across the street from the Tanbark Oak driveway. You'll find it. It's not marked. You'll know you are there if you follow it for a few feet and have to step over some fallen telephone cable. That's it!