CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS TAKEN FROM OUR LAST TREK THERE:
LIZARD’S MOUTH where we’ll get Sharon to pose inside of
THE CHUMASH PAINTED CAVE
SANTA BARBARA COASTAL RANGE TREK-9 (Snyder Trail, Painted Cave and The Rock Playground) EXPLORATORY
We’ll accomplish this trek via an 18 mile car shuttle. We’ll first all meet at the Snyder Trailhead on Paradise Rd. .3 miles east of the Santa Barbara Ranger District Station (SEE MAP). From there we’ll car shuttle as few cars as possible to The Rock Playground where we can spend time doing some rock scrambling. After that, we’ll jump in the cars and head over to Chumash Painted Cave State Park to see one of the finest examples of Chumash paintings. This park is one of the few providing open access for viewing original Rock art of the Chumash people (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_art_of_the_Chumash_people) in person. Flash photographs are prohibited since they can harm the artwork; some people use flashlights to help view the art, and some take photographs with long exposures with the camera braced on the metal gate or using a tripod.
We’ll then jump in the cars once again and head up Painted Cave Rd. (an extremely narrow road) to the top of the ridge (East Camino Cielo Rd.) where we’ll turn right and drive a short distance to The Snyder Trailhead. Following the Snyder Trail, we’ll hike for 3.5 miles to where we dropped some of the cars off earlier at the SB Ranger Station on Paradise Rd. Along the way, we’ll check out the ruins of Knapp’s Castle.
Of course, no SB-series trek is complete without a debriefing at a restaurant. So we’ll debrief at THE COLD SPRING TAVERN.
THE COLD SPRING TAVERN MENU (http://www.coldspringtavern.com/lunch.html)
This area is well over an hours drive from Thousand Oaks, so keep that in mind when signing on. Devote the whole day to this and don’t sign on if you have other commitments later that day (because we won’t rush the trek so you can finish early) and be aware of the car shuttle this route entails. After the hike, those cars that were not used for the initial car shuttle, will then have to be used to take us back to fetch our cars left at the SB Ranger Station.
MEETUP LOCATION AND TIME: The Snyder Trailhead on Paradise Rd. at 8:30 a.m. Be patient, since most of us will be car pooling from Thousand Oaks’s earlier meetup location.
MEETUP DIRECTIONS: Use the following directions as a guide when looking up the Snyder Trailhead location on Google Maps:
Heading up to Santa Barbara, exit 101B for State Street toward CA-154/Cachuma Lake for 0.2 Miles
Continue straight onto Calle Real for 0.3 Miles
Turn right onto CA-154 W/San Marcos Pass Rd. for 10.6 Miles
Turn right onto Paradise Rd for 4.2 Miles to 86 Paradise Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93105
EARLIER MEETUP TIME, LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS: For those out my way, we can meet at the Thousand Oaks Park and Ride at the corner of Rancho Rd. and Haaland Dr. NO LATER THAN 7:00 a.m. WE WILL BE LEAVING FROM THERE AT 7:00 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 an 1 hour 30 minute drive to our meetup at Snyder Trailhead on Paradise Rd. in Santa Barbara. We’ll have to make sure the cars are filled no more than half full for this car shuttle to work.
DISTANCE: 8+ miles
ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS: 800’/2300′
THE PACE: No faster than the slowest Trekker
DURATION: 7 hours or whenever the slowest Trekker finishes
TERRAIN: Single, double track and “ROCK SCRAMBLING”
LEVEL: Intermediate Trekker
MY CELL# IS 805-358-5972
NEW CDH POLICY: Any member with two NO SHOWS on CDH events since Jan. 1st 2017 will lose their membership with CDH. Members will not be allowed on this and future events until they have updated their CDH profile by answering the new questions as well as having a recognizable face photo of themselves.