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Santa Barbara Hikes

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

Want to be a hike leader?

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

Cancelled: 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

Cancelled: 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 - GAVIOTA PEAK: Walk up to a 2,400 foot peak for lunch and a sweeping coastal view. Long drive. Moderate 6 mrt. Bring lunch and plenty of water. 18- must be accompanied by a parent. Rain cancels. Meet behind B of A on State St. at Hope Ave. 9:00am. KRISTI email: sbhikergirl@cox.net

Sun. December 31 - Lost Valley Trail: Celebrate the end of the year with a wilderness hike in the San Rafael. Strenuous 11 mrt with moderate elevation change. Bring lunch and water and prepare for possible difficult trail conditions. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 8:00 AM. Note early start time! Diane dianesoini@gmail.com

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

More listings here.

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. "