Four More Little Santa Barbara Hikes

Back in the Santa Barbara area again.  The main reason I went there last week was to visit Coronado Butterfly Preserve.  As was the case a few weeks ago when I visited the Seal Sanctuary in Carpinteria, this is the time of year when Monarch butterflies gather in large numbers in certain, lucky areas, wintering sites.  But I didn’t make it up to the Preserve last week and I really wanted to see those butterflies while I still could, so back up the coast I headed this week.  I also hiked San Antonio Creek Trail, Ellwood Bluffs and Beach and Los Carneros County Park.  I ended my day at Hammonds Meadow Trail and Butterfly Beach.  Usually my little hike days aren’t particularly grueling but this day was different, an exhausting sun-up to sunset adventure which left me wasted but happy.

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Hidden Pond Trail

It’s fun to hike in the rain when you plan and prepare ahead.  This week brought the first storms of the vaunted El Nino weather system.  I grabbed my new poncho and headed over to Point Mugu State Park.  I had planned to hike Hidden Pond Trail several times but changed my mind right before.  This trail is not well known, it’s in none of my hiking books and online reviews seem to think it is kind of a bore.  Worst, the “hidden” pond rarely holds any water.  With the rain, this seemed like the ideal day to give it a go.

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