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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 http://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.

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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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Upcoming events (2)

Carpinteria Sunset Hike

Franklin Trail Trailhead

Please join us for our next Carpinteria Sunset Hike. This is an intermediate-level, conditioning-oriented hike, out and back on Carpinteria’s Franklin Trail. The hike offers ample room to stretch your legs, elevation gain for fitness improvement, and terrific views up and down. (If the pace is too slow for you, there will be optional HIIT sessions on the flats and uphills.) The hike’s distance and elevation change will depend on the group, but expect a roundtrip of about six miles, 1500 feet of gain/loss, and a total hiking time of about 2.5 hours. Since our route is out and back, and well-marked, you can turn back earlier if you become winded or are short on time. Please be sure to bring water, a snack, and an extra layer of clothing. Details of the hike are provided below…hope to see you there! CARPINTERIA SUNSET HIKE Hike Type: Conditioning Level: Intermediate Route Type: Out & back Distance: ~6 miles Elevation gain/loss: ~1500 feet Terrain: Footpath & fire road Leashed dogs: Yes ROUTE SUMMARY: This hike will take us roughly six miles roundtrip through the foothills above Carpinteria on the athletic and scenic Franklin Trail. The route offers great views of the southern Santa Ynez range, from Santa Barbara to Rincon Peak, as well as the Pacific and offshore islands to the south and west. Our route begins on fairly flat footpath, as we make our way for about a mile through the agricultural northern end of Carpinteria. We then reach the front country foothills of the Santa Ynez range, where we begin our ascent above Carpinteria in earnest. As we proceed, the route changes from double track trail to wider fire road. The initial section of our hike is developed and partly shaded, but the route steadily gives way to open hillside and chaparral. Since we begin in a relatively sheltered area and reach exposed areas above the Pacific, weather conditions can range from cool to hot and calm to windy. We will continue to our turnaround point, stop to rest and enjoy the late afternoon views, and then return to our starting point by the same route. ESSENTIALS: Please wear – hiking or athletic pants or shorts, one or more wicking shirts appropriate to the temperature, comfortable hiking or running shoes, your favorite undergarments and accessories, and a light pack to hold your gear. Please bring – at least one liter of water, a snack, an extra layer of clothing in case you become cold, a charged cell phone, identification, a headlamp, a waterproof shell if rain is forecast, and any medications or anything else you might need on the trail. PARKING: Please park on Meadow View Lane, and walk to the end of the road. Carpooling and public transportation are encouraged, both to lower our carbon footprint and to reduce the number of parking spaces we use at the trailhead. Please do not leave anything of value in your vehicle, at this or any trailhead. DIRECTIONS: By car, take the 101 or Carpinteria Avenue to Linden Avenue (via the Casitas Pass Road exit if you are traveling north on the 101). Go north (away from the ocean) on Linden for about a third of a mile and then turn left onto Meadow View Lane. The trailhead is at the end of the road. Alternatively, take Foothill Drive (Route 192) to Linden Avenue. Go south (toward the ocean) on Linden for about 300 feet and then turn right onto Meadow View Lane. The trailhead is at the end of the road. By public transportation, take the MTD #20 or #21X to Carpinteria and Elm, VCTC Coastal Express to Carpinteria and Maple or Mark, or Amtrak Pacific Surfliner to Carpinteria Station. Walk to Carpinteria and Linden, and then north on the west/left side of Linden for a half mile to Meadow View Lane. Turn left on Meadow View Lane. The trailhead is at the end of the road. DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY: The event host is a volunteer and is not responsible for the event group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. If you become fatigued and unable to continue with the event, it is expected that you will advise the event host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will help to promote the group’s safety, fitness, and enjoyment goals. Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in this event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Santa Barbara County Hikers Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained event leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to host or participate in events. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience. WAIVER OF LIABILITY: This group, including its organizers, assistant organizers, and event organizers, will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur traveling to and from events, or for any injuries or accidents before, during, or after group events. If you sign up for and attend this event, you are acknowledging that you freely and voluntarily assume all risks of injuries and damages, and agree to participate in the event on these terms. No +1s or other unregistered attendees are permitted on this event. All attending must be group members and sign-up for the event via the Meetup.com site. All attending also must be 18 or older, or accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. PLEASE CONTACT THE EVENT HOST WITH ANY QUESTIONS!

Santa Barbara Sunset Hike

Rattlesnake Trail Head

Please join us for our next Santa Barbara Sunset Hike. This is an intermediate-level, conditioning-oriented hike, through and then above Rattlesnake Canyon to Gibraltar Rock, primarily on the Rattlesnake Canyon Trail. The hike offers ample room to stretch your legs, elevation gain for fitness improvement, and terrific views up and down. (If the pace is too slow for you, there will be optional HIIT sessions on the flats and uphills.) The hike’s distance and elevation change will depend on how far you follow the trail. The full roundtrip route is just under six miles, with a respectable 1800 feet of gain/loss and a total hiking time of roughly 3 hours. Since our route is out and back, and well-marked, you can turn back earlier if you become winded or are short on time. On this route, the terrain is mostly single and double-track trail, with a bit of pavement along Gibraltar Road near the halfway point. Please be sure to bring water, a snack, an extra layer of clothing, and a headlamp or flashlight. Details of the hike are provided below…hope to see you there! SANTA BARBARA SUNSET HIKE Hike Type: Conditioning Level: Intermediate Route Type: Out & back Distance: ~6 miles Elevation gain/loss: ~1800 feet Terrain: Footpath and paved road Leashed dogs: Yes ROUTE SUMMARY: This hike will take us up to 6 miles roundtrip, through and then above Rattlesnake Canyon, on the scenic and progressively athletic Rattlesnake Canyon Trail. Our route begins at the Rattlesnake Canyon trailhead, by the stone bridge on Las Canoas Road. We start by proceeding north through the canyon for just under two miles, gradually ascending and crossing the year-round creek a couple of times, until we reach the junction to the Connector Trail. At the junction, we turn right to stay on Rattlesnake Canyon Trail and proceed easterly and upward more steeply for about a mile, until we reach Gibraltar Road. Once we reach Gibraltar Road, we walk north for about a quarter-mile until we reach our turnaround point at Gibraltar Rock. The route initially offers a great coastal canyon experience, with riparian forest and meadow, as we make our way through Rattlesnake Canyon to the trail junction. After the junction, the trail quickly becomes much steeper and provides steadily increasing and then panoramic views of the Santa Ynez range, Santa Barbara, and the Pacific and offshore islands. Please note that Rattlesnake Canyon has some poison oak growing, though it is easily avoided in the sections of the trail we will be following on this hike. That said, you will need to walk attentively at some points on the trail and/or wear hiking pants, especially if you are highly allergic. The initial section of our hike is partly shaded, but the route steadily gives way to open hillside and chaparral. Since we begin in relatively sheltered areas and reach exposed areas above the Pacific, weather conditions can range from cool to hot and calm to windy. We will continue to our turnaround point, stop to enjoy the great late-day or early-evening views of the Pacific, offshore islands, and surrounding coastal peaks. After our stop, we will return to our starting point by the same route. ESSENTIALS: Please wear – hiking or athletic pants or shorts, one or more wicking shirts appropriate to the temperature, comfortable hiking or running shoes, a hat and other needed sun protection, your favorite undergarments and accessories, and a light pack to hold your gear. Please bring – at least 1 liter of water, on-trail snacks, extra layers of clothing in case you become cold, a charged cell phone, identification, a headlamp or flashlight, a waterproof shell if rain is forecast, and any medications or anything else you might need on the trail. PARKING: Please parrallel park in the parking areas to the side of Las Canoas Road near the trailhead, and please be considerate of the residents in this quiet neighborhood area. Carpooling is encouraged, both to lower our carbon footprint and to reduce the number of parking spaces we use at the trailhead. Please do not leave anything of value in your vehicle, at this or any trailhead. DIRECTIONS: By car, take your favorite way to the corner of Mission Canyon Road and Foothill Drive (Highway 192), such as heading north from the Mission Street exit off the 101. Where Mission Canyon Road meets Foothill Drive, coming from the city, drive east for 1/4 mile on Foothill until you reach the Mission Canyon Road extension. Once you reach the Mission Canyon Road extension on Foothill, head north for about 1/2 mile (do not turn left onto Tunnel Road) and take the very sharp right onto Las Canoas. Drive east for about a mile on Las Canoas, and then park at the trailhead. If you come to the Botanical Gardens, you have missed the sharp right onto Las Canoas. Unfortunately, there is no public transportation close to this meetup location and the roads near the trailhead are not pedestrian-friendly. DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY: The event host is a volunteer and is not responsible for the event group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. If you become fatigued and unable to continue with the event, it is expected that you will advise the event host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will help to promote the group’s safety, fitness, and enjoyment goals. Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in this event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Santa Barbara County Hikers Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained event leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to host or participate in events. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience. WAIVER OF LIABILITY: This group, including its organizers, assistant organizers, and event organizers, will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur traveling to and from events, or for any injuries or accidents before, during, or after group events. If you sign up for and attend this event, you are acknowledging that you freely and voluntarily assume all risks of injuries and damages, and agree to participate in the event on these terms. No +1s or other unregistered attendees are permitted on this event. All attending must be group members and sign-up for the event via the Meetup.com site. All attending also must be 18 or older, or accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. PLEASE CONTACT THE EVENT HOST WITH ANY QUESTIONS!

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