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Sierra Club Hikes Schedule

Santa Barbara Sierra Club Hike List

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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. January 21 - GAVIOTA PEAK: Walk past the hot springs, then up to a 2,400 foot peak for lunch and a sweeping coastal view. Long drive. Moderate 6 mrt. Bring lunch and water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. DIANE dianesoini@gmail.com

Sun. January 22 - 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 five dogs - please call to reserve your dog's place. Rain/fire cancels. Call if you have questions. SALLY 689-7820

Sat. January 28 - COLD SPRINGS TO E. CAMINO CIELO: Hike up through a canyon with trees and a stream, then up a trail along the side of Montecito Peak to E. Camino Cielo for panoramic views of the south coast and the back country. Strenuous 9.5 mrt. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9:00 AM. PAUL 886-1121

Sun. January 29 - RATTLESNAKE TRAIL: Hike up a wooded canyon with scenic views to Gibraltar Rock. Moderate 5.5 mrt. Bring a snack and water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. TONY 455-4212

Sat. February 4 - 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

Sun. February 5 - CATHEDRAL PEAK DRAGON BACK: Start at Tunnel Trailhead toward Seven Falls. Make steep climb to the base of the Cathedral Peak Spine. Moderate but difficult 4 Mile Round Trip. Possible 1200 foot gain with lots of boulder hopping. Bring water and lunch. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. ROBERT 685-1283

Sat. February 11 - TEQUEPIS: Hike up to West Camino Cielo from Santa Ynez Valley. View of Cachuma Lake and the Pacific Ocean. Moderate-strenuous 8 mrt. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. CHRISTINE 963-2347

Sun. February 12 - FRANKLIN TRAIL: Moderately 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 3-4pm. 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 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 Franklin Creek Park at 9:30. TONY 805-455-4212

Sat. February 18 - REFUGIO BEACH TO EL CAPITAN: Car pool to Refugio Beach and walk to El Capitan or beyond. Easy 6 to 8 mrt. Bring old shoes, lunch, and water. Share parking fee. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. DAVE 563-4850

Sun. February 19 - CARRIE'S HIKE: (7.5 mile round trip with 2300 ft elevation gain) Moderately strenuous hike (with some steep sections) visits cool riparian trails and beautiful coastal vistas. It connects Cold Spring East, Hot Springs, McMenemy and Saddle Rock Trails, forming loops at each end. Bring plenty of water, lunch and sun protection. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. PAUL 886-1121

Sat. February 25 - Pt. SAL STATE BEACH: Walk along abandoned dirt road onto Vandenberg AFB, then down to remote, isolated Pt. Sal State Beach. Enjoy the wildflowers and unparalleled views of this portion of the coast accessible only by foot. 10 miles RT, less than 1,000 ft gain/loss. Up to 4 well behaved dogs welcomed and encouraged; must be leashed. Please call leader ahead to reserve your dog's place. Bring lunch and water for you and your canine companion. Hikers without dogs welcome too. 90 minute car pool to trail head, but it's totally worth it. Meet at B of A parking lot at 8:00 a.m. NOTE EARLY START TIME. Rain/fire cancels. Call leader if in doubt. SALLY 689-7820

Sun. February 26 - 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

Sat. March 4 - 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. 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. March 5 - CHORRO GRANDE: Strenuous 10 mrt hike with 3200' elev. gain/loss - experienced hikers only. The hike starts at 4000' and climbs steadily for 5 miles to 7200', ending up on the Pine Mountain Ridge near Reyes Campground. Wear hiking shoes/boots, bring lots of water, snack, lunch. There's a good chance that there will be in snow at the top, so bring a warm jacket, a hat, and gloves. Meet at 8:30 AM at the 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 8:00 AM to arrange a carpool to the trailhead. JIM 805-479-7063/805-644-6934

Sat. March 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. CHRISTINE 963-2347

Sun. March 12 - 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. March 18 - CANINE HIKE JESUSITA TRAIL TO INSPIRATION POINT: Hike through woods and meadows to a scenic view point. Moderately strenuous 7 miles RT. Well behaved dogs welcomed and encouraged; must be leashed. Bring lunch 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. Rain/fire cancels. Call leader if in doubt. SALLY 689-7820

Sat. Marsh 18 - MORE MESA: Morning loop walk around this extensive coastal bluff. Children welcome. Slow paced 2-3 miles or so. Bring water and a snack. Meet behind B of A on upper State Street at Hope Ave. at 9am. VICKI 563-4850

Sun. March 19 - SAN MARCOS RIDGE: Short, easy hike along foothill ridges of recently opened San Marcos Preserve County Park. Amazing 360 deg views of coastal mountains and islands. Easy 3 mi loop with optional, moderate extensions up to 5 mi. Rain, or wet trails, cancels. Call leader if in doubt. Water, sunscreen, and stable footwear advised. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. MURRAY 967-8770

Sat. March 25 - GAVIOTA STATE PARK GRAND 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 re-opened Woodland Trail and the re-opened Yucca 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

Sun. March 26 - BLUE PEAK: (3662’, 10 mile round trip, 2700’ elevation gain) We ascend Romero Canyon trail to the saddle, loop behind and over Blue Peak back to the saddle, and then descend also by the canyon trail. Bring plenty of water, lunch, and sun protection. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9AM PAUL 886-1121

Sat. April 1 - FIR CANYON: 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! TONY 805-455-4212

Sun. April 2 - SAN YSIDRO TO THE FALLS: Hike past a favorite rock climbing location to a seasonal waterfall, then return to a pool for lunch. 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. April 2 - TUNNEL TRAIL TO RIDGE LINE VIEWPOINT: Hike up busy Tunnel Trail and quiet connector road to power line clearing. Option to continue up steep knife edge ridge just beyond the power lines for lunch. Beautiful views of Mission Canyon and Santa Barbara. Moderate pace 4 mrt with 1200’ gain to clearing, strenuous 0.7 mrt, 500' gain to ridge viewpoint. Rain cancels. Bring water, lunch, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes. NOTE EARLY START. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 8:15 am. MURRAY 967-8770

Sat. April 8 - ROMERO CANYON - CAMINO CIELO LOOP: Hike up Romero Trail to E. Camino Cielo. Hike along fire break to the old Romero Rd for return trip. Wonderful views. Very strenuous 14 mrt. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9:00 AM. CHRISTINE 963-2347

Sun. April 9 - INSECT HIKE IN ALISO CANYON: Learn about the most abundant form of life on the planet - insects - on this interpretive hike. A leisurely loop from Sage Hill campground on a marked trail alongside a stream. Easy/Moderate 3.5 mrt. Please note that location may change based upon weather conditions. Bring lunch and water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. KENNY 692-2227

Sat. April 15 - URBAN HIKE TO FRANCHESCI PARK: Start near the Mission, walk through the Riviera, then up the "1000 steps" to a great view of the city and harbor. Return via Las Tunas Rd. Some steep sections. Moderate 4 mrt. Bring water and a snack. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. DAVE 563-4850

Sun. April 16 - 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. April 22 - EL CAPITAN CYN: Join us for a moderate 4mrt loop (600’ elevation gain/loss) for an overlook hike of El Capitan Cyn. We’ll use the trailhead just outside of the Ocean Meadows campground. We’ll head down into the canyon and take the short Selma Rubin trail to the organic gardens, then hike to the Paradise Picnic area on the eastern ridge. From there, we’ll follow the Bill Wallace trail, following it down into the next canyon. After lunch, follow old farm roads past the llama pens back to our starting point. Bring a water, a light lunch and sun protection. Meet 9am at the Bank of America parking lot, Hope & State St. 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

Sun. April 23 - PINE MOUNTAIN LODGE: Strenuous 13 mrt hike with 3000' elev. gain/loss - experienced hikers only. Wear hiking shoes/boots, bring lots of water, snack, lunch. There's a good chance that there will be in snow at the top, so bring a warm jacket, a hat, and gloves. Meet at Ventura carpool lot at 8:30 AM (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 8:00 AM to arrange a carpool to the trailhead. JIM 805-479-7063/805-644-6934

Sun. April 23 - NEW! ALISO LOOP CANINE HIKE: Hike along a stream filled with beautiful spring flowers and up onto open ridge-line for lunch stop with panoramic views of the Santa Ynez back country and more flowers. We will be able to see and assess the damage from the recent Rey fire. Moderate pace 3.5 mrt, 900' gain. Long commute to Lower Oso trail head, plan on mid afternoon return. Rain or wet trails cancels. Bring water, lunch, sunscreen, bug repellent, and sturdy shoes. Parking permits now required. Call leader for parking and canine requirements info. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. MURRAY 967-8770

Sat. April 29 - 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. April 30 - SUNBIRD MINE: (11 mile round trip with 1000 ft elevation gain) Long moderately strenuous hike follows road and trail past Gibraltar Dam to abandoned quicksilver mine (active 1860 – 1992). River permitting, the return trip will preview our Santa Ynez Swim hike. Bring plenty of water, lunch and sun protection. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9AM. PAUL 886-1121

Sat. May 6 - 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

Sun. May 7 - SAN MARCOS RIDGE: Short, easy hike along foothill ridges of recently opened San Marcos Preserve County Park. Amazing 360 deg views of coastal mountains and islands. Easy 3 mi loop with optional, moderate extensions up to 5 mi. Rain, or wet trails, cancels. Call leader if in doubt. Water, sunscreen, and stable footwear advised. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. MURRAY 967-8770

Sat. May 13 - INDIAN CREEK: Long carpool to the trail head. Follow Indian Creek up a canyon and enjoy some rarely seen back country. The creek abounds with wildlife, especially frogs, two striped garter snakes, and the western pond turtle. Bring a swimsuit if you're interested in taking a dip in the creek or relaxing in the Little Caliente hot springs at the end of the hike. Moderate terrain, but long 12 mrt hike. There will be many creek crossings, and you may get wet, so bring water shoes for the crossings. Also, bring snacks and lunch and at least three liters of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. JIM 805-479-7063/805-644-6934

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Sat. May 20 - HENDRY'S BEACH TO MORE MESA: Beach walk past Hope Ranch to More Mesa or beyond depending upon tide. Easy 7 mrt. Optional swim. Bring swim suit, old shoes, lunch, and water. Meet at Hendry’s Beach (Arroyo Burro on maps) outside gate at 9:00 AM. DAVE 563-4850

Sun. May 21 - SAN ANTONIO CREEK: Beginning at Tuckers Grove County Park, we will walk on a creek side trail that meets up with Hwy 154. A short walk on this busy highway will link us to a return via San Antonio Creek Road. Easy, 2 mrt. Meet at the Bank of America parking lot, Hope Ave. & State St. at 9a.m. VICKI 563-4850

Sat. May 27 - 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. 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 898-1240

Sun. May 28 - 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 (under your hiking clothes). 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

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"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. "