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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.

Sun. January 28 - GAVIOTA CAVES: Hike up about 500 feet from Gaviota beach and explore the caves and wind tunnels in the ridges above and proceed to overlook. Some rock scrambling and agility required. Light colored long pants are recommended. Moderate 4 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

Sun. February 4 - RINCON TO CARPINTERIA HIKE: We'll start from Rincon Beach Park, hike a bluff trail above the beach with great views of the Channel Islands. After crossing the railroad tracks, we'll ascend to the Carpinteria Bluff Trail, following it to the seal viewing overlook. Lunch at Tarpits Park. Return by the beach if the tide is favorable. 4mrt, easy to moderate. Meet at 9am at the Bank of America parking lot, Hope Ave & State St. If you are coming from south of Santa Barbara, you can meet us at the trailhead. Call or email for instructions. GERRY 964-5411, gching@cox.net

Sun. February 11 - JESUSITA TRAIL TO INSPIRATION POINT: Walk through woods and meadows to a scenic view point. Moderate-strenuous 7 MRT. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9AM. TONY 455-4212

Sun. February 18 - SUNBIRD MINE: (12 mile round trip with 1000 ft elevation gain/loss) Very long and strenuous hike that begins at the top of the Cold Spring Trail on East Camino Cielo Road. From the trailhead we will descend about 1000' in 2 miles and follow Gibraltar Trail toward the reservoir and the Santa Ynez River for about 4 miles, ending at the Sunbird Mine, an abandoned quicksilver mine (active 1860 – 1992). Bring 3 liters of water, lunch and sun protection. Because there is a significant increase in elevation gain at the end of the hike you must be in excellent physical condition to join this hike. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9AM. Rain cancels. KRISTI email: sbhikergirl@cox.net

Sat. February 24 - GOLETA BEACH/MORE MESA II: Hike along the beach at low tide and then up onto More Mesa, looping around along the bike path. Moderate 6 miles round trip. Bring water and a snack. Meet behind B of A on upper State Street at Hope Ave. at 9:00 AM. DIANE 455-6818

Sat. March 10 - 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 455-6818

Sat. March 17 - ROCKY PINE RIDGE - SHORT ROUTE: From Camino Cielo, hike into this wonderful pine tree/rock region and skirt along the ridge line. Moderate hike with some rock hopping, 4-5 mrt. Bring water and lunch. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9AM. ROBERT 685-1283

Sun. March 18 - ARROYO HONDO: We’ll take the scenic West Ridge trail to get good views of the canyon and the coastline. A moderate 3 mrt, 600’ gain. After a lunch break outside the historic Adobe, a leisurely stroll around the canyon floor trails will complete our day. 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. Call or email for instructions. Rain cancels. GERRY 964-5411, gching@cox.net

Sat. March 24 - FREMONT TRAIL: Park on East Camino Cielo and walk North along ridge used by Fremont to cross the ridge into Santa Barbara. Superb views of valley. Bring lunch and water. Easy-Moderate, 4 mrt. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. TONY 682-8290

Sat. March 31 - SB RIVIERA URBAN HIKE: Easy to moderately strenuous hike about 5 miles through a beautiful residential neighborhood in Santa Barbara. We will start at the Mission and head up toward APS and Franceschi Park, then across Mission Ridge and back to the Mission. Please wear comfortable hiking/running shoes, bring 2 liters of water and a snack. Meet at the Rose Garden by the SB Mission on Plaza Rubio at 9am. Rain cancels. KRISTI email: sbhikergirl@cox.net

Sat. April 7 - GAVIOTA STATE PARK LOOP: A 4 mrt moderate hike in the Northwestern section of the park with great views of the eastern section and the Hollister Ranch. We'll include the Yucca, Hollister and the newly re-opened Woodland Trail. Bring a light lunch, water and sun protection. 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. Call or email for instructions. Rain cancels. GERRY 964-5411, gching@cox.net

BIRABENT CANYON: Birabent Trail is near Tunnel Road off Figueroa Mountain Road. Hike down into canyon and down the creek a ways on primitive trail, and return. If we have not missed the height of the flower season, we may swing by to see the poppy hill. Moderately-strenous 6 mrt. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9:00 AM. DIANE 455-6818

Sat. April 21 - LIZARD'S MOUTH: Have fun exploring this popular spot! Beautiful rock formations and wind caves are a pleasure to enjoy ! Short Easy hike with some boulder hopping. Bring a snack and water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. ROBERT 685-1283/event@swt.org

Sat. April 28 - COLD SPRINGS TO LITTLE CALIENTE HOT SPRINGS: Hike down Cold Springs Trail from E. Camino Cielo past Forbush Flat. Hike by a natural spring, across the Santa Ynez River, and through Mono Campground to Little Caliente Hot Springs. Bring swim suit and towel for dip in spring. Strenuous 12 mrt. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9:00 AM. TONY 455-4212

New hikes will be coming but the fire and the floods have made it hard to make a schedule. We will add additional pop up hikes that will be posted on our Meetup (Santa Barbara Sierra Club), and on the other websites that post our hikes as they come up.

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. "