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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 (5+)

Trail Talk: Thurs. Feb. 20 - Hiking New Zealand's Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track

Faulkner Gallery - Santa Barbara Public Library

Hiking New Zealand's Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track Free Presentation with Q&A Thursday, February 20th, 6:30PM Faulkner Gallery – Santa Barbara Public Library 40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA Located in Fiordland National Park, in the southernmost part of New Zealand, Tautapere Hump Ridge Track leads through Waitutu Forest and offers scenic views of New Zealand's rugged coastline, including the Fiordland area and Stewart Island. The roughly 38 mile-long hike is broken up over three full days of hiking, with two nights at different modern, backcountry lodges along the route that offer sleeping accommodations, hot showers, porridge for breakfast, and other luxuries. Join Doug and Jody Thomas, as they share about their adventures along this scenic trail. Lovers of the outdoors, Doug and Jody, have been married for nearly 35 years and live in a teeny house in Santa Barbara. They are bee-havers, pretty terrible gardeners, and very good grandparents. The hike along Hump Ridge Track is rated as moderate, but they’ll let you decide if it should've been rated as difficult. This free talk is part of the ongoing Wilderness Hiking Speaker Series hosted by the Santa Barbara Public Library. The talks are the third Thursday of the month and feature topics related to hiking, backpacking, and our local natural history. The next talk in the series is Thursday, March 19th, Waterfalls of the Santa Barbara and Ojai Mountains with James Wapotich.

Evening Conditioning Hike

Jesusita Trailhead

This is a conditioning hike, which means the emphasis is on cardio. We will be going at a moderately strenuous pace to tick off between 4-6 miles with generally more than 1500' of elevation gain in two hours. And yes, this will be a night hike, as in: it will get dark soon after we start. IMPORTANT NOTE: As usual, we'll start hiking at exactly 5:45pm, so plan accordingly. If you're running late, pick up the pace (for even more cardio!) and you should be able to catch up to the group---if the coyotes, mountain lions, and/or rattlesnakes don't get you first. The other usual conditions apply: bring plenty of water, a flashlight/headlamp (or two) along with a layer (or two) because the temps will fluctuate. As always, you're also responsible for your own safety and behavior. Happy, well-conditioned trail pups are also welcome (i.e. dogs), but make sure they have water & snacks, too. Lurkers are welcome, but show up early; if everyone that's signed up shows up before the start time, we'll hit the trail.

Evening Conditioning Hike

Inspiration Point Trailhead

This is a conditioning hike, which means the emphasis is on cardio. We will be going at a moderately strenuous pace to tick off between 4-6 miles with generally more than 1500' of elevation gain in two hours. And yes, this will be a night hike, as in: it will get dark soon after we start. IMPORTANT NOTE: As usual, we'll start hiking at exactly 5:45pm, so plan accordingly. If you're running late, pick up the pace (for even more cardio!) and you should be able to catch up to the group---if the coyotes, mountain lions, and/or rattlesnakes don't get you first. The other usual conditions apply: bring plenty of water, a flashlight/headlamp (or two) along with a layer (or two) because the temps will fluctuate. As always, you're also responsible for your own safety and behavior. Happy, well-conditioned trail pups are also welcome (i.e. dogs), but make sure they have water & snacks, too. Lurkers are welcome, but show up early; if everyone that's signed up shows up before the start time, we'll hit the trail.

San Rafael Something

Nira Campground

We'll spend the day doing something fun (and exhausting) out in the San Rafael Wilderness. I'm not sure exactly what yet, but plan on 15+ miles and at least 5000' of gain. More details to follow, but save the date. As you might expect, this is an advanced hike and will be limited to a smaller group. It's only open to those who have been on any of my previous longer hikes. (If you haven't been on any of my longer hikes, but feel confident you can keep pace, send me a note detailing your bona fides.) No lurkers and no "no shows." Weather might adjust this one, but it hasn't stopped us in the past.

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Inspiration Point Trailhead

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