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Santa Barbara Hikes

Hell's Half Acre/McKinley Peak Directions

Hells Half Acre/McKinley Peak

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. Continue past Lake Cachuma a total of just under 22 miles on 154.

Just after crossing the Santa Ynez River on the concrete bridge, turn right on Armour Ranch Road.

Follow Armour Ranch Rd. for about a mile and a half to Happy Canyon Rd.

Turn right on Happy Canyon Rd. Follow Happy Canyon for 14 miles to Cachuma Saddle, which is a large, abandoned ranger station. At this point there is a junction with a dirt road and a large informational sign produced by the forest service.

Park here. You can park in the lot next to the abandoned ranger station. The trail starts across the street at the locked gate just beyond the informational sign.

You will need an Adventure Pass, to park your car.