SANTA BARBARA COAST- SERIES OF HIKES
Join me on yet another CDH series as I take on the Santa Barbara Coastal Range. We’ll hike a series of trails we’ve taken before that will be interesting with views of the ocean on most of them. Starting north at Gaviota, we’ll conclude the series in Montecito. Due to a predicted heavy rainy season, I’m sure we may have to reschedule a hike or two. This series is definitely meant to be more visual than physical, thus, less conditioning but more of a mental enlightenment. Therefore, we will hike together as a group and enjoy the beauty that this series offers.
ROCK GARDEN AND WHITE MOUNTAIN
This 4th trek in the Santa Barbara series will take us to The Rock Garden and White Mountain. After checking those two areas, we’ll drop down the Tunnel trail to The Seven Falls. We’ll do this one via a long 45 minute shuttle trek. This will be a 80% downhill hike consisting of 7+ miles overall. As we’re halfway down the Tunnel Trail we’ll be able to view Mission Falls. We’ll spend some time checking out the Seven Falls in Mission Creek. There will be some rock scrambling in THE ROCK GARDEN an extremely rocky area (optional), but the rest of the hike will be on a well traveled trail. After the hike, you can join me for an optional late lunch debriefing.
Because of the limited street parking at the end of Tunnel Road, most of us should car pool with others from the Thousand Oaks Park & Ride at 6:00 a.m. We should fill the cars no more than half full there.
INITIAL MEETUP LOCATION, DIRECTIONS AND TIME: The Thousand Oaks Park and Ride at the corner of Rancho Rd. and Haaland Dr. NO LATER THAN 6:00 a.m. It’s just south of the 101 Fwy and 23 Fwy interchange. Have a full tank of gas and be willing to drive if needed. Those that don’t drive can help pay for gas. It’s about 1.2 hour’s drive to the trailhead.
FINAL MEETUP LOCATION AND TIME: The Tunnel Trail trailhead at the end of Tunnel Road no later than 7:30 a.m. (SEE MAP ABOVE)
FINAL MEETUP DIRECTIONS: Use the following directions as a guide when looking up the trailhead location on Google Maps: Take the 101 Fwy. to Santa Barbara and exit Mission St. and head east. Turn left on Laguna St. then right on E. Los Alivos St. which turns into Mission Rd. Turn right on Foothill Rd. Then left on Mission Canyon Rd. followed by a left on Tunnel Rd. to its end. Pay attention to street parking signs in that area. From there we’ll take a 45 minute car shuttle to the Rock Garden trailhead.
DISTANCE: 7+ miles
ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS: 400’/2900′
THE PACE: As fast as the slowest Trekker
DURATION: 6 hours
TERRAIN: Single, double track and “use” trails along with some optional rock scrambling
LEVEL: Strong Intermediate Trekker
OPTIONAL LUNCH: After the hike, I will be debriefing at the Summerland Beach Cafe for lunch
2294 Lillie Ave. Summerland
MY CELL# IS: 805-358-5972
Rain cancels the hike. I will reschedule for another day.
You don’t need to RSVP “NO” if you can’t make it–let’s save the “NOs” for the folks that wanted to go, then needed to change their minds.
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