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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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Call Tony. Look for his number among the listings below.

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

Sat. October 7 - SAN YSIDRO TO E. CAMINO CIELO: Strenuous hike 9 art, 3000’ gain up to E. Camino Cielo for lunch. Follows the creek, past a waterfall, and up onto a sunny trail with some height exposure and great views. Approx. 5 hrs at moderate pace. Advanced or intermediate hikers only. -18 must be accompanied by a parent. Wear hiking shoes/boots, bring a lunch and at least 2 liters of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am.

KRISTI email: sbhikergirl@cox.net

Sun. October 8 - JESUSITA TRAIL TO INSPIRATION POINT: We will walk through woods and meadows to a scenic view point. 7 miles round trip at a moderate place. Approximate hiking time 4-5 hours. Bring lunch and 2 liters of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9:00 AM. Bharat 805-837-4642

Sat. October 14 - FLORES PEAK FROM GIBRALTAR ROCK: We will drive to Gibraltar Rock, above the Rattlesnake Trail. We will then hike a steep, little-known trail to Flores Peak. Some rock scrambling and agility required. The Wednesday hikers sometimes call this "The Medicine Circle". Elevation gain is about 700 feet in only a half mile! Please bring a snack or lunch and a liter of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9AM. ROBERT 685-1283/event@swt.org

Sun. October 15 - 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 805-451-1239

Sat. October 21 - MIDLAND SCHOOL HIGH COUNTRY LOOP: We’ll explore some of the Midland School trails on this moderate 5.5 mrt hike, including the High Country Loop returning via the Red Rock Springs trail. Bring water, a light lunch and sun protection. There is little shade and can be very warm, This hike involves a 1 hr drive to the trailhead on Figueroa Mtn Rd. Rain cancels. Meet at 9am at the Bank of America parking lot, Hope Ave & State St. If you are coming from north of Santa Barbara, you can meet us at the trailhead. Email me for instructions. GERRY 964-5411, gching@cox.net

Sun. October 22 - ARROYO BURRO TRAIL - SANTA BARBARA SIDE: Hike up Jesusita Trail to Arroyo Burro Trail. Long steep hike with great views of Santa Barbara and Goleta. Hike to spring for lunch. Very strenuous 11 mrt. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. TONY 455-4212

Sat. October 28 - MISSION RIDGE: Hike up Rattlesnake trail to the connector onto Tunnel. From there we'll take a primitive trail to a high ridge for a lunch break. From there we'll loop back down to Rattlesnake. Moderately strenuous 7 mrt. Bring plenty of water and lunch. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9:00 AM. Alejandro 805-451-1239

Sun. October 29 - FISH CREEK: Long car pool to Nira Campground, then up the Manzana to Fish Creek Camp, continuing up Fish Creek to a small swimming hole. Moderate 9 mile round trip. Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water, hat, and a swimsuit if you want to take a dip in the pool. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9 AM. JIM 479-7063/644-6934

Sat. November 4 - ROMERO CANYON LOOP: Hike up a trail with trees and a small stream to a lunch spot. Then down an abandoned road with a beautiful view. Moderate 6 mrt. Bring lunch and water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. CHRISTINE 805-708-5877

Sun. November 5 - CATHEDRAL PEAK/LA CUMBRE PEAK: From Mission Creek hike up to Cathedral Peak, steep and rocky in places. Continue up to La Cumbre Peak for lunch. Views include "Three Pools" and the full coastline. Pass by an echoing canyon. Return down Tunnel trail. Very Strenuous 8 mrt. Hundreds of knee high steps. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 8:00 AM. NOTE THE EARLY START TIME! ALEJANDRO 805-451-1239

Sat. November 11 - PLAYGROUND: Explore the labyrinth of boulders forming a natural playground off West Camino Cielo. Some rock scrambling and agility required. Always a new route! Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9AM. ROBERT 685-1283/event@swt.org

Sun. November 12 - GAVIOTA PEAK/TRESPASS LOOP: Moderately strenuous 7 mile hike with an elevation gain of 2200. Get ready to see eye-popping views up and down the coast. We will ascend the fire road to the saddle and return via Trespass trail. We will hike at a moderate pace or about 2 miles an hour and stop at the saddle for snacks, 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 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

Sat. November 18 - OPEN

Sun. November 19 - DABNEY CABIN: Long car pool to Nira Campground, then a long nearly level hike down Manzana Creek to Dabney Cabin. Strenuous (due to distance) 13 mrt. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9 AM. JIM 479-7063/644-6934

Sat. November 25 - ULTIMATE HIKE: Very strenuous 17.5 mile hike. This up-and-down (5000') hike covers parts of 9 different trails on the front range. This is a fast paced hike for experienced, conditioned hikers only. Hike leader approval required. Plan for an all day trip. Wear good hiking shoes, bring lunch and plenty of water. Contact the hike leader for details. TONY 455-4212

Sun. November 26 - SWEETWATER TRAIL: A hike from the Bradbury Dam lookout to the Lake Cachuma County Park. We'll explore a portion of the park before retracing our steps. Easy 5mrt. Bring a light lunch and water. Meet behind the Bank of America on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. If you are coming from north of Santa Barbara, you can meet us at the trailhead. Email me (gching@cox.net) for instructions. GERRY 964-5411

Sat. December 2 - LA CUMBRE PEAK VIA RATTLESNAKE TRAIL: Beautiful views from the highest peak on the front range. Strenuous 11 mrt hike with 3200 feet elevation gain/loss. Experienced hikers only. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9 AM. JIM 479-7063/644-6934

Sun. December 3 - COLD SPRINGS, FORBUSH FLAT TO SPRING: Hike down Cold Springs Trail from E. Camino Cielo to Forbush Flat campground. Hike approx 1.5 miles further to natural spring. Bring swim suit, towel, lunch and water. Strenuous 6 mrt. Meet behind B o A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9:00 AM. ALEJANDRO 805-451-1239

Sat. December 9 – TOPA TOPA BLUFF ANNUAL CHRISTMAS POTLUCK: Very Strenuous 16-mile out and back hike with 4,487 ft of elevation gain to Topa Topa Bluffs (elev. 6,300 ft). Fun revelry and scenic views of the Oxnard Plain and Channel Islands. Light snow is possible. Please bring 10 essentials and food or drink to share with the group. Meet at Sisar Canyon Road gate at7:30 AM. Dog friends welcome. Rain cancels. Leader: STEPHEN BRYNE 805-794-1150.

Sun. December 10 - LOON POINT BEACH WALK: We’ll start just south of Summerland and walk the beach to Santa Claus Lane Beach. Return via Padero Lane. Great views of the SB Channel and elegant beach estates. Easy 4 mrt. Meet 9am at the Bank of America parking lot, Hope & State St. GERRY 964-5411

Sat. December 16 - ROMERO CANYON/ ISLAND VIEW LOOP: Strenuous 12 miles rt hike, 3000’ gain up to a ridge line with the most gorgeous views in SB, Old Island View trail to an OHV road and on to Juncal, looping back to Romero. About 5-7 hours at a moderate pace with several steep spots and some minor height exposure. Advanced and Intermediate hikers only. 18- must be accompanied by a parent. Wear hiking shoes/boots, bring 3 liters of water, lunch, 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. December 17 - Sun. Dec. 17 - CANINE HIKE RATTLESNAKE TRAIL: Hike up a beautiful wooded canyon with scenic views to meadow. Mostly shaded trail. Moderate 4 mrt, 1000 ft. elevation gain, optional 1 1/2 mile extension up and back to Gibraltar Road. 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 B of A parking lot at 9:00 a.m. Hike limited to four dogs - please call to reserve your dog's place. Recent heavy rain/fire cancels. Call if you have questions. SALLY 689-7820

Sat. December 23 - Open

Sun. December 24 - Open

Sat. December 30 - Open

Sun. December 31 - Open

Sat. January 6 - HELL'S HALF ACRE : Hike from Cachuma Saddle up a dirt road to interesting rock formations. About ten miles round trip. Moderately strenuous. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 8:00 AM. NOTE EARLY START TIME! DIANE dianesoini@gmail.com

Sun. January 7 - GIBRALTAR ROCK VIA RATTLESNAKE TRAIL: Hike up a wooded canyon with scenic views to Gibraltar Rock. Moderately Strenuous 5.5 MRT. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9AM. ROBERT 685-1283/event@swt.org

Sat. January 13 - DIVIDE PEAK: Very strenuous 13 mrt hike with 3200 feet elevation gain/loss from Matilija trailhead to Divide Peak. Experienced hikers only. Great views of Ojai and Lake Casitas. On a clear day, all 8 Channel Islands are visible. Wear lug-soled shoes, bring at least 3 liters of water, lunch, and snacks. The weather can vary greatly during the course of the hike, so bring layers accordingly. For those coming from Santa Barbara meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 7:30 AM. (note early start time) to arrange carpool to trailhead. For those in Ventura meet 8:00 AM at Ventura carpool lot (Seaward and Harbor between Chase Bank and Carrows). JIM 479-7063/644-6934

Sun. January 14 - CATHEDRAL PEAK LOOP II: Head up Mission Canyon trail and then branch off onto a steep and rocky primitive trail to Cathedral Peak for lunch. Spectacular views, including "Three Pools," and echoes from the Canyon. Return down west side to Jesusita trail. Strenuous 6 mrt with hundreds of knee high steps.. Some agility needed. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9:00 AM. ALEJANDRO 805-451-1239

Sat. January 20 - 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. January 21 - FRANKLIN TRAIL: Strenuous 10.4 miles rt hike with an elevation gain of 1700'. Let's check out the newly re-opened historic trail in Carpinteria that 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 halfway for lunch and snacks, returning to the trailhead between 2-3pm. If the group is up to it we may follow the trail to the top for another 3 miles (16 rt). This is a long hike and good physical conditioning is recommended. Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Wear hiking shoes/boots, bring at least 2 liters of water, snacks, and personal first aid. Rain cancels. Meet behind B of A on State St. at Hope Ave. Note early start time 8:30am. Those coming from the south can meet us in the Carp High School parking lot at 9:00. KRISTI email: sbhikergirl@cox.net

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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. "