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?
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.
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.
The “Tooth” of Cathedral Peak
Photo 1 – La Cumbre Peak on extreme zoom. Doesn’t look like anyone is hangliding today. Photo 2 – Arlington Peak, I believe
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.
Sometimes I look up and am awed by the massive size of Southern California’s mountains.
Butterflies and poison oak
Back in the canyon now.
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.
I wondered why I kept hearing cars pass by until I looked up and found I was passing right under the freeway.