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Named for the Spanish padres who established a network of missions along California?s southern and central coasts, the Los Padres National Forest is the second-largest National Forest in the state, encompassing approximately 1,950,000 acres ? nearly half of which is federally-designated wilderness.

Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura fills a huge gap in coverage of this great hiking and backpacking destination, leading the reader through the varied terrain of the ...

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Named for the Spanish padres who established a network of missions along California’s southern and central coasts, the Los Padres National Forest is the second-largest National Forest in the state, encompassing approximately 1,950,000 acres — nearly half of which is federally-designated wilderness.

Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura fills a huge gap in coverage of this great hiking and backpacking destination, leading the reader through the varied terrain of the forest’s southern districts, from the fern-clad grottoes of the Santa Barbara frontcountry to the sweeping vistas and granite-clad ridges of the Chumash Wilderness.

No other guide covers the region in such detail, and not since Dennis Gagnon’s near-legendary guides in the 70s and 80s has the Santa Barbara (and Ventura) backcountry been given the guidebook treatment … but this book goes even further. Every official trail (and many use trails) in the Santa Barbara, Ojai, and Mt. Piños districts are covered here, including those in the southern San Rafael Wilderness, Dick Smith Wilderness, Matilija Wilderness, Sespe Wilderness, Chumash Wilderness, the Santa Ynez Recreation Area, Rose Valley, the Santa Barbara and Montecito frontcountry, the Ojai frontcountry, and the Santa Paula/Fillmore frontcountry.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...the definitive guide to hiking and backpacking the southern Los Padres National Forest, and the first comprehensive guide released in decades." - Santa Barbara Independent June 2012

"All in all, Carey’s book is an 'instant classic.' Wilderness Press has been setting the gold standard for hiking guidebooks since 1967, and Hiking & Backpacking Santa Barbara & Ventura continues that tradition with extremely detailed route descriptions and copious supplemental information about the area." - CaliforniaTrekking Website April 2013

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899976358
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 453,405
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Bitten by the trail bug the moment his parents strapped a little Kelty frame pack to his six-year-old shoulders and led him across a stretch of the El Dorado National Forest, Craig R. Carey grew up hiking and backpacking the trails of the southern Los Padres (with “side-trips” across the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, and New Zealand).

An active scout leader and rugby follower, Craig holds a BA in History from the University of California at Santa Barbara. His work has appeared in Wilderness New Zealand, Islands, Hooked on the Outdoors, Rugby, The Green, and New Zealand Adventure.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction to the Southern Los Padres 1

Chapter 2 About This Guide 25

Part I Santa Barbara and Western Mt. Pinos Ranger Districts

Chapter 3 Western Santa Ynez Mountains 33

1 Gaviota Peak via Gaviota Hot Springs 34

2 Broadcast Peak via Tequepis Trail 37

3 Lizard's Mouth 41

4 The Playground 44

Chapter 4 Santa Ynez Recreation Area 46

5 Snyder Trail and Knapp's Castle 56

6 Aliso Nature Trail 58

7 Upper Oso Canyon to Nineteen Oaks 61

8 Arroyo Burro 63

9 Camuesa Connector Trail 67

10 Marias Trail 68

11 Gibraltar Trail 71

12 Mono-Alamar and Alamar Hill Trails 74

13 Agua Caliente Trail to Upper Caliente 78

14 Forbush-Mono 80

15 Forbush and Blue Canyons 84

16 Upper Franklin Trail 88

Chapter 5 Santa Barbara Frontcountry 92

17 Jesusita Trail and Inspiration Point 100

18 La Cumbre Peak 103

19 Cathedral Peak 105

20 Mission Canyon/Tunnel Trail 109

21 Rattlesnake Canyon 113

22 Cold Spring Canyon West 115

23 Tangerine Falls 117

24 East Fork Cold Spring and Montecito Peak 120

25 Saddle Rock Loop 123

26 McMenemy 125

27 Girard Trail 127

28 San Ysidro Canyon 128

29 Buena Vista Loop 131

30 Romero Canyon 134

Chapter 6 Santa Barbara Backcountry and Southern San Rafael Wilderness 141

31 McKinley Spring and McKinley Mountain 144

32 Mission Pine Trail 146

33 Santa Cruz National Recreation Trail 149

34 Grapevine Trail 155

Chapter 7 Sierra Madre Ridge 157

35 McPherson Peak 160

36 Montgomery Potrero and Rocky Ridge Trail 164

37 Salisbury Potrero and Bull Ridge Trail 167

38 Santa Barbara Potrero and Sierra Madre Road 169

Chapter 8 Dick Smith Wilderness 173

39 Alamar Trail 177

40 Indian Creek Trail 182

41 Indian-Poplar Trail 184

42 Madulce and Madulce Peak Trails 189

43 Puerto Suelo 190

44 Santa Barbara Canyon 191

45 Don Victor Valley Fire Road and Don Victor Trail 194

46 Upper Rancho Nuevo Canyon 198

47 Bear, Deal, and Lower Rancho Nuevo Canyons 200

48 Mine Camp via Deal Connector 203

Part II Eastern Mt. Pinos and Ojai Ranger Districts

Chapter 9 Matilija Creek and Matilija Wilderness 209

49 Murietta Trail 210

50 Divide Peak and the Monte Arido Trail 213

51 Upper North Fork Matilija Creek 215

52 Ortega Trail 221

Chapter 10 Ojai Frontcountry, Nordhoff Ridge, and Rose Valley 226

53 Kennedy Ridge 231

54 Cozy Dell Trail 233

55 Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail 236

56 Stewart Canyon via Pratt Trail 238

57 Gridley Canyon and Nordhoff Peak 242

58 Chief Peak 244

59 Horn Canyon 247

60 Sisar Canyon (Southern Red Reef Trail) 248

61 Hines Peak 251

62 Last Chance Trail, Santa Paula Canyon, and Topatopa Bluff 252

63 East Fork Santa Paula Canyon 262

64 Santa Paula Peak 266

65 Howard Creek Trail 269

66 Rose Valley Falls 271

67 Rose-Lion Connector 272

Chapter 11 Mt. Pinos and Chumash Wilderness 274

68 Toad Springs 282

69 Mt. Pinos to Mt. Abel (Vincent Tumamait Trail) 286

70 Mesa Spring 288

71 North Fork Lockwood Creek 289

72 McGill Trail 293

Chapter 12 Pine Mountain 295

73 Boulder Canyon 299

74 Raspberry Spring 300

75 Chorro Grande 302

76 Reyes Peak Trail 305

77 Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca National Recreation Trail 308

78 Potrero John 316

Chapter 13 Grade Valley, Mutau, and the Upper Piru 320

79 Fishbowls-Cedar Creek Loop 323

80 Thorn Point 326

81 Stonehouse 329

82 Little Mutau 331

Chapter 14 The Sespe 333

83 Tule Creek 338

84 Middle Sespe Trail 341

85 Dry Lakes Ridge 343

86 Sespe River Trail 346

87 Lion Canyon 355

88 Red Reef Trail 361

89 Johnston Ridge and Sespe Hot Springs 366

90 Dough Flat to Shady Camp via Alder Creek 373

91 Bucksnort Trail 378

92 Agua Blanca 379

93 Buck Creek 382

94 Pothole Trail 385

95 Lower Cobblestone Trail 387

96 Slide Mountain 391

Appendix: Routes by Theme 395

List of Maps 398

Index 399

Camp Index 404

About the Author 406

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    In my formative years (don't ask how long ago that was) I hiked

    In my formative years (don't ask how long ago that was) I hiked the width and breadth of these Forest districts over the source of several seasons. I owned the numerous editions of Gagnon's guides, and annotated them for mileage corrections, changes, and the like. CR Carey's guide is exactly the book I would have written ... that is to say, exactly the guide the Los Padres deserves and by somebody who has done not only their fieldwork but their homework. A well-researched and well-weighted labour of love. Highly recommended. ~ Hugh

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