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Welcome to Santa Barbara County Hikers!

My name is Curt Cragg, founder of the Santa Barbara County Hikers Meetup Group. I coordinate and lead our weekly Saturday hikes. I also coordinate volunteer trail projects on behalf of the Santa Barbara County Trails Council through our companion volunteer Meetup site https://www.meetup.com/Santa-Barbara-Trail-Volunteers/ .

We all benefit from free access to the extensive network of trails throughout our coastal mountains, along the Gaviota coastline, in the Santa Ynez Valley and across the spectacular Santa Barbara back country. The County’s trail system is a community resource that is at its best when it is maintained and regularly put to use.


Although we do not charge to join our Meetup group, each hike we takes reminds us that the community resource we love is also a community responsibility. There are many ways to fulfill that obligation. One way is to join the Santa Barbara County Trails Council: http://sbtrails.org/join/ Your membership supports our recreational hiking program, trail maintenance program, as well as, the planning and construction of new trails in Santa Barbara County for all users. As a new member you will also receive a local hiking trails map pack.

Thanks for joining Santa Barbara County Hikers and now come join us for a hike for run, fitness and the incredible beauty that surrounds us!

Curt Cragg

Santa Barbara County Trails Council Board Member
REI In-store Instructor
SB Hikers Meetup Founder

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Trail Talk: Staying Safe on the Trails with Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue

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Staying Safe on the Trails with Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue

Free Online Presentation with Q&A
Thursday, August 18th, 5:30pm

Join Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue team members Nelson Trichler and Susie Thielman, as they share about what Search and Rescue does, the history of the organization, the types of calls they go out on, and the training they go through. They will also cover some of things you can do as a hiker to avoid needing their services, what to do if you’re lost, and when to report an overdue hiker.

Nelson Trichler is a longtime SBCSAR member and Incident Commander, who has been involved in more than two thousand rescues and searches over the past 40 years. He is in charge of the team’s swiftwater rescue program, a member of the E-Mountain Bike team, and wears numerous other hats for the team. Nelson helped develop the geographic evacuation zones used by the county for rapid deployment of emergency medical services to evacuate people during major disasters, and has worked with personnel at Channel Islands National Park to develop their SAR capabilities and response plans. He is also an avid outdoorsman, who enjoys hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, and white water rafting.

Susie Thielman joined SBCSAR four years ago and is a very active member. A retired Registered Nurse and EMT instructor, Susie heads up the team’s medical training program. An avid horseback rider, Susie also has a rich knowledge of the local backcountry and trails having put in countless hours volunteering with Los Padres Forest Association, assisting with trail maintenance projects and supporting trail crews with pack animal support.

Founded in 1962, Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue is dedicated to providing professional SAR capabilities to the Sheriff's Office and the citizens of Santa Barbara County. Our goal is to locate, access, render aid and provide quality, expedient services to persons in distress and to minimize injury and loss of life.

This talk is being live-streamed via Zoom. To register go to, https://library.santabarbaraca.gov/events/trail-talks-staying-safe-trails-santa-barbara-county-search-and-rescue

This free online presentation is part of the Trail Talks series hosted by the Santa Barbara Public Library.

The next talk in the series is Thursday, September 15, 5:30pm, Into the Mountains! Trails and Tales of the Santa Barbara Backcountry with James Wapotich.

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Trail Talk: Tahoe Rim Trail Overview & Sustainable Trail Use

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