Tequepis Trail – Broadcast Peak – Santa Ynez Peak
14 1/2 miles in Santa Barbara – a long, tough day. This hike begins very near another recent hike, Lake Cachuma, and travels up to West Camino Cielo, where I hiked Lizard’s Mouth on the same day as Cachuma. I didn’t see a single person all day long.
The turn-off for the parking is off the 154 and a half mile away from the turn-off for Cachuma Lake. A narrow road dead ends in 1.3 miles at Circle V Ranch. I parked outside in the big dirt lot and walked through the ranch, staying on the road. There are signs pointing the way. I walked past these cabins to the main trail.
As far as following the trail is concerned, this is a mostly stress-free hike. There are three trail junctions that you need to be aware of, all within the first mile. At the first junction, stay straight/right, do not take the road that curves sharply to the left. At the second junction, stay to the left. Do not take the road that goes to the right past a rusty metal gate. The third junction I will discuss later.
Photo 1 – This metal sign appears by the side of the trail at 0.8 miles in, marking an old oil claim. Photo 2 – At 0.9 miles is the third junction. As you can see the main trail runs to the left and is clearly marked. The spur trail to the right goes to the creek. I decided to explore this short trail here at the beginning of my hike while I was still fresh.
The spur trail began to climb a bit. It’s not in the best of shape. After crawling over a few rocks I turned around. The trail jumps up a couple of feet and was at chest level when I took Photo 2. After last week’s hike in Santa Paula Canyon I wanted a break from this jungle gym type hiking.
I love this type of tree. Seems like this would be ideal for two lovers to stand together inside. I touched the tree where the bark had peeled away. It felt smooth and cold like stone.
After the spur trail I returned to the main trail. It’s 3 miles to the top – moderately steep with numerous switchbacks. For the first couple of miles it was totally socked in. I knew the Lake was right below but couldn’t see anything through the soup. Finally the cloud cover started to lift. I could see something on top of the ridgeline to the right.
Photo 1 – Those antennae seen on the left mark Santa Ynez Peak. Photo 2 – Santa Ynez Peak on zoom
Photo 2 – As I continued to climb, Broadcast Peak and it’s red and white antenna came into view.
From West Camino Cielo I could now see the other side down to the ocean. After one mile of walking down the road I came to an obvious turn-off for Broadcast Peak. You can’t miss it. I walked up the road a half mile and was at the top.
Lake Cachuma from Broadcast Peak
Photo 2 – Santa Ynez Peak from Broadcast Peak. After eating lunch I started toward Santa Ynez Peak. It’s very much the same type of hike as the one that took me to Broadcast Peak – a mile along the main road and a half mile up a short road to get to the top.
Photo 1 – The turn-off to Santa Ynez Peak Photo 3 – Looking back at Broadcast Peak from Santa Ynez Peak Photo 4 – Another smaller antenna down the road a bit on a lower peak
Lake Cachuma from Santa Ynez Peak