Arroyo Burro Trail

Sometimes things just don’t come together like we plan.  I was back in Santa Barbara this week on a trail that is supposed to mirror my two previous hikes in the area – start in the canyon and climb to East Camino Cielo Road.  But I lost the trail someplace.  This sort of problem is usually just temporary but I couldn’t overcome it this time and had to turn around after about three miles.  There were signs marking the trail along the way, there was supposed to be another marking a footpath but I never saw a sign nor a footpath.  While I was left with a feeling of disappointment I was also left with a lot time on my hands – to observe more closely and smell the roses if you will.  The sights were awesome and I had a fun day so how could I be anything but happy?

1     2   On my way to the trail – a couple coyotes cross the road.  I parked by the beige water processing plant.  The Jesusita Trail trailhead is kind of hidden on the left hand side down a slope.

3   Beautiful stream-side canyon trail.

4     5   The fork in the trail – to the right the Jesusita Trail continues.  I went left on the Arroyo Burro Trail.

054   The trail is part paved road through private property.

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9     42   After the paved road I picked up the dirt trail again which runs beneath the ranch house ahead.  Photo 2 – The backyard view of the ranch house by the trail.

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I saw a couple of deer wandering the hillside.


I read this trail had been cut in half for many years in a land dispute between the city and a private landowner.  An agreement was reached allowing access.  Thank you.

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17   I followed the trail up and down these little hills – short but steep.  Photo 2 – Unusual scat on the trail  Photos 3, 4 and 5 – Avocado grove across the way and on the trail

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The Small and the Mighty


Looking toward the mountains.  The highest peak here, on the left with trees at the top, is La Cumbre Peak.  I hiked to the top on New Year’s Day.  Below that is Cathedral Peak, with it’s distinctive “tooth”.  The peak below that, I believe, is called Arlington Peak.


Looking toward the Pacific and Santa Cruz Island.  Santa Barbara has been hazy each time I’ve come.

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The “Tooth” of Cathedral Peak

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Photo 1 – La Cumbre Peak on extreme zoom.  Doesn’t look like anyone is hangliding today.  Photo 2 – Arlington Peak, I believe

27     28     29   In my hiking guide it said I would come to some power lines and that the trail ran to the right.  I was confused as there were more than one set of towers, I went to the right at the first and found a dead end.  At the second set of towers, a path runs right underneath this tower and disappears.


My turn around point.  I’m sure the trail was right under my nose.

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Sometimes I look up and am awed by the massive size of Southern California’s mountains.

31     32   I’m pretty sure that UCSB is just to the right of that cove.

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37   Some bugs and plants along the trail.

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Butterflies and poison oak

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Back in the canyon now.  I stopped at the picnic table by the creek.  I had the same experience as last week at White Ledge Camp in Ojai.  I stopped and enjoyed the peace and quiet.  The running water acts like white noise, absorbing the other sounds from the immediate area.  Very peaceful.  I want to take time to stop, still my mind and enjoy the silence on each hike I take from now on.

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51       52   Photo 1 – Rusted “can” by the side of the trail.  I decided to extend my hike by a couple of miles by heading down a connecting trail to Stevens Park.  Stevens Park would make a great addition to a day of short hikes.  Photos 3 and 4 – Bedrock mortars left behind by the former residents – Chumash Indians once lived here.  Photos 5 and 6 – I know these photos aren’t totally clear. What I am trying to capture here is a wire loop mesh that is strung up across the creek.  I’m not sure what it’s there for.

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I wondered why I kept hearing cars pass by until I looked up and found I was passing right under the freeway.

55   I arrive at Stevens Park. There is a restroom, picnic tables, etc.


Final panorama

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