Rattlesnake Canyon – La Cumbre Peak
Back in the Santa Barbara area again this week. Rattlesnake Canyon Trail is a fun creek-side trail with pools and little waterfalls. I climbed up to the Tunnel Trail and then on to La Cumbre Peak, which I was told is the highest in the Santa Barbara Front Country. A rewarding day.
The terrain on this week’s hike is similar to last week – mostly rocky.
Photo 1 – My hiking guide says these trees were planted in 1966 by the Sierra Club to replace those lost in a 1964 fire. Photo 2 – There has been fire in this area recently. I think the blackened bark on these trees was caused by the Tea Fire of 2008. Photo 3 – A mysterious structure at the top of a hill.
Close-up on the mysterious structure
Photos 1 and 2 – The pier and oil platforms again, a little closer this week. Photo 3 – I believe that’s East Camino Cielo winding it’s way along the cliff across the way. Photo 4 – I reach the end of the Connector Trail and catch my first glimpse of La Cumbre Peak a little over three miles away- it’s there in the middle with several trees visible on top.
Massive walls of rock and views along the way.
I reach Mission Falls, a large waterfall that is almost dry on this day.
A lot of this section of East Camino Cielo is in the shade – the snow and ice reappeared.
Views from La Cumbre Peak. Photo 4 shows Cathedral Peak and possibly Arlington Peak, not quire sure yet.
Tunnel Trail – the top of it anyway.