I had an extra day off so I went a little out of the way – a hike in Montecito. As I hike in this area again I am sure I will learn the landmarks. For now I will only guess, but the views from above possibly include Point Mugu, the city of Santa Barbara and UCSB.
There are two stream crossings.
The two Eucalyptus trees – the trail slips right between them. I love the roots of the tree on the left, trying desperately to cling to the rocky soil. The terrain is tough in a lot of areas. I started off in a creek setting then moved up to loose rock and some really bumpy terrain. Finally I ascended to comfortably smooth dark brown dirt. My turn around point is way up there.
Montecito Peak is not the highest peak in the area. I missed the turn-off on the way up. Here is a look back at the peak as I continued up the trail, which runs another mile and a half to a parking area at East Camino Cielo Road.
On top of the platform with Montecito Peak directly in front.
Panorama from the platform
According to my GPS the elevation on top of the platform is 3,410 feet, a gain in elevation for the hike of 2,617. Photo 2 – Mountains on the other side can be seen once the top is reached.
I had one last stop before heading back down through the canyon – Montecito Overlook, which is right near the junction with the Fire Road. Here is Santa Barbara Pier(?) on zoom from Montecito Overlook, Christmas Day 2012.