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Sierra Club Hikes Schedule

Santa Barbara Sierra Club Hike List

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IMPORTANT

Please read the description carefully. Do not attend a hike that is above your ability. The ratings (easy, moderate, strenuous etc.) are based on someone who already hikes in our local mountains regularly.

You may be asked not to join the hike because of the following:

  • Lack of appropriate clothing/footwear.
  • Lack of sufficient water. TWO LITERS is a good starting point.
  • Lack of adequate gear. Please bring a backpack to carry your lunch and water.
  • Lack of sufficient food if the hike may last most of the day.

The hike leader has the right to refuse letting someone join the hike for any reason.

Please be prepared for an all-day adventure.

The List

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Sat. July 1 - ROCKY PINE RIDGE - SHORT ROUTE: From Camino Cielo, hike into this wonderful pine tree/rock region and skirt along the ridge line. Moderate with some boulder hopping and agility required, 4MRT. Bring water and lunch. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9AM. ROBERT 685-1283

Sun. July 2 – RATTLESNAKE TRAIL - ROCKY PINE LOOP: Hike up Rattlesnake Trail and the Tunnel Trail Connector to an old primitive trail leading to Rocky Pine Ridge for lunch and then back to Rattlesnake. Some rock hopping. Strenuous 11 mrt. Bring lunch and water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9:00 AM. ALEJANDRO 898-1240

Sat. July 8 - LAS CRUCES/ ORTEGA LOOP: Hike from Las Cruces Adobe, to Hollister Trail to the overlook, then down the Overlook fire road to the Ortega trail and back to the car. This is all in the Gaviota State Park trails system on the west side of the freeway. Come see the other side of Gaviota. Approx. 7 miles round trip and moderately strenuous with some steep hills. DIANE 455-6818

Sun. July 9 - OPEN

Sat. July 15 - OPEN

Sun. July 16 - SANTA YNEZ SWIM: (6 mile round trip with 400 ft elevation gain) Moderately strenuous hike follows road and trail to Gibraltar Dam, then returns along the Santa Ynez River for a picnic and swim. Bring plenty of water, lunch and sun protection. It is most convenient to hike in your swimming suit. Wading shoes may be useful for river crossings in wet years. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. PAUL 886-1121

Sat. July 22 - TRESPASS TRAIL: Moderately strenuous 6 mile hike with an elevation gain of 2200. Get ready to see eye-popping views up and down the coast. We will ascend Trespass trail to a lovely Dell overlooking the coast. We will hike at a moderate pace or about 2 miles an hour, stopping for lunch, and returning to the trailhead at about 2pm. This is a fairly steep ascent so cardio conditioning is recommended. Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Wear hiking shoes/boots, bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks, and personal first aid. Rain cancels. Meet behind B of A on State St. at Hope Ave. 9:00am. KRISTI email: sbhikergirl@cox.net

Sun. July 23 - WEST FORK COLD SPRING TO LOOKOUT AND BEYOND: Start on Cold Spring Trail, cross stream and hike west up to the Homestead. Moderate, but steep 5 MRT. Bring lunch and water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. ROBERT 685-1283

Sat. July 29 - HOPE RANCH WALK: We’ll roam the quiet roads in western Hope Ranch past several large estates. Expect some hills. Return via More Mesa paths. Easy 3-5mrt. Meet at 9am at the Bank of America parking lot at Hope and State streets. GERRY, 964-5411

Sun. July 30 - RATTLESNAKE TRAIL CANINE HIKE: Hike up a wooded canyon with scenic views to beautiful meadow. Moderate 4 mrt. with 1000 foot elevation gain. Well behaved dogs welcomed and encouraged; must be leashed. Bring snack and water for you and your canine companion. Hikers without dogs welcome too. Meet at Bank of America parking lot at 8:00 a.m. 3790 State NOTE EARLY START TIME. Hike limited to four dogs - please call to reserve your dog's place. Rain/fire cancels. SALLY 689-7820

Sat. August 5 -

Sun. August 6 - THREE POOLS BEYOND SEVEN FALLS: Primitive trail, some rock climbing. Bring swimsuit. Difficult but short 5 mrt. Bring lunch and water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9:00 AM. ALEJANDRO 898-1240

Sat. August 12 - POLO CLUB - RESERVOIR TRAIL LOOP: Join us on this 4mrt easy-moderate hike to the Summerland Reservoir. Mostly flat, but some steep sections. We'll start from the Toro Cyn Creek trailhead on Via Real near the intersection of Toro Cyn Rd. We'll pickup the Edison Trail back of Summerland and connect with the Reservoir Trail to the reservoir where we'll stop for lunch. We'll return via the Reservoir and Polo Club trails. Meet at 9am at the Bank of America parking lot, Hope & State. GERRY 964-5411

Sun. August 13 - TRESPASS TRAIL/GAVIOTA HOT SPRINGS: Easy to Moderate Hike from Gaviota Peak/Hot Springs trail head along a little-used loop trail. About 4MRT with side trip to Gaviota Hot Springs. Elevation gain about 700 feet. Bring swim suit for hot springs. Also water and snack or light lunch. Meet behind the B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9AM. ROBERT

Sat. August 19 - FRANKLIN TRAIL: Moderately strenuous 10.4 miles rt hike with an elevation gain of 1700'. This trail offers great views of the Channel Islands and the coastline. We will hike at a moderate pace or about 2 miles an hour and stop for lunch at the turnaround point. This is a long hike and good physical conditioning is recommended. Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Wear hiking shoes/boots, bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks, and personal first aid. Rain cancels. Meet behind B of A on State St. at Hope Ave. 9:00am. Those coming from the south can meet us at Carpinteria High School at 9:30. KRISTI email: sbhikergirl@cox.net

Sun. August 20 - OPEN

Sat. August 26 - SNYDER TRAIL: Hike up from Paradise Road to the remains of Knapp’s Castle. Enjoy breathtaking views of mountains while eating lunch. Moderate 6.5 mrt. Bring lunch and water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9:00 AM. ALEJANDRO 898-1240

Sun. August 27 - PIEDRA BLANCA: Strenuous 8 mrt hike across the Sespe and up Piedra Blanca Creek, then some rock and boulder scrambling to our favorite swimming hole. Much of the hike will be in the creek bed, so expect to get wet. It can be very hot in August, so bring at least 3 liters of water, plus electrolytes. Also bring lunch, snacks, hat, swimsuit, hiking shoes, and sandals for water crossings. Please do not come on this hike if you're not comfortable hiking in the heat or in a creek. Meet at 9 a.m. Ventura carpool lot (Seaward and Harbor between Chase Bank and Carrows). If you're coming from Santa Barbara, meet at the Bank of America on State St. and Hope at 8:30 a.m. to arrange a carpool to the trailhead. JIM 479-7063/644-6934

Sat. September 2 - ISLAND VIEW LOOP: Outstanding view of the islands and the coastline are featured in this moderate 5 mrt hike. We’ll start at Romero Saddle, hike down the Juncal Road a bit, then follow the motorcycle/ATV road to the start of the Island View trail (also known as the Romero Ridge trail). Bring water, a light lunch and sun protection. There is little shade and can be very warm, but bring a light jacket, just in case. This hike involves a long (45 minute) drive to the trailhead on mountain (paved) roads. Rain cancels. Meet at 9am at the Bank of America parking lot, Hope Ave & State St. GERRY 964-5411

Sun. September 3 - SANTA YNEZ SWIM: (6 mile round trip with 400 ft elevation gain) Moderately strenuous hike follows road and trail to Gibraltar Dam, then returns along the Santa Ynez River for a picnic and swim. Bring plenty of water, lunch and sun protection. It is most convenient to hike in your swimming suit. Wading shoes may be useful for river crossings in wet years. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. PAUL 886-1121

Sat. September 9 - HOT SPRINGS - SADDLEROCK - GIRARD - McMENEMY LOOP: Hike from Hot Springs trail to Saddle Rock overlook, then back by Bud Girard Trail and McMenemy Trail to starting point. Moderate 5 mrt. Bring lunch and water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9AM. ROBERT 685-1283

Sun. September 10 - MIDDLE MATILIJA CAMP: Moderate 8 mrt along stream, mostly shaded, to Middle Matilija Camp. There are at least 17 creek crossings, but we will have no problem rock hopping across. Bring at least 3 liters of water, sunscreen, a good pair of hiking shoes/boots, and hat. Meet at 9 a.m. Ventura carpool lot (Seaward and Harbor between Chase Bank and Carrows). If you're coming from Santa Barbara, meet at the Bank of America on State St. and Hope at 8:30 a.m. to arrange a carpool to the trailhead. JIM 479-7063/644-6934

Sat. September 16 - ROMERO CANYON CANINE HIKE: Hike up a shady trail with a small stream, then loop back down abandoned fire road. Spectacular views of the islands. Moderate 6 MRT. Well behaved dogs welcomed and encouraged; must be leashed. Bring snack and water for you and your canine companion. Hikers without dogs welcome too. Meet at Bank of America parking lot at 8:00 a.m. 3790 State NOTE EARLY START TIME. Hike limited to four dogs - please call to reserve your dog's place. Rain/fire cancels. SALLY 689-7820

Sun. September 17 - RATTLESNAKE TRAIL - TUNNEL TRAIL: Hike up Rattlesnake Trail to Tunnel connector. Hike up steep connector to Tunnel Trail. Hike along Tunnel Trail to rock formation for lunch. Beautiful views of Santa Barbara and Goleta. Moderate-strenuous 9 mrt. Bring lunch and water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. TONY 455-4212

Sat. September 23 - LIZARD'S MOUTH CLEANUP: Have fun exploring while making this popular spot a bit cleaner! Beautiful rock formations and wind caves are a pleasure to enjoy and restore! Short Easy hike with some boulder hopping. Bring a snack and water. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Rain cancels. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9AM. ROBERT

Sun September 24 - FIR CANYON: Long (1hr) car pool to Davy Brown camp behind Figueroa Mt. Steep hike up the most beautiful canyon in the area to near the top of Figueroa Mt. Moderate 6.5 mrt. Bring lunch and water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 8:00 AM. NOTE THE EARLY START TIME! ALEJANDRO 898-1240

Sat. September 30 - ROMERO CANYON: moderately strenuous dayhike up a beautiful, mostly shady canyon to East Camino Ceilo road, 6 miles rt, 2100' gain, about 4 hours at a moderate pace with some steep spots and minor height exposure. Intermediate hikers or beginners with cardio conditioning welcome, under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Bring two liters of water, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat. Meet behind B of A on State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. KRISTI Email: sbhikergirl@cox.net

Sun. October 1 - GOAT ROCK/RANGER PEAK: Climb up a hillside past Goat Rock proceeding on for lunch and magnificent views from Ranger Peak. Moderate-strenuous 7 mrt. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9:00 AM. DIANE dianesoini@gmail.com

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The Sierra Club requires the following information to be announced on websites:

"All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate on an outing, refer to it on the public website: Outings Waiver (pdf). A copy of this will be provided at the start of the hike so you do not need to print it out before you come. "