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Best Easy Day Hikes Santa Barbara (Best Easy Day Hikes Series) Paperback – September 15, 2009
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• Thirty-minute strolls to half-day adventures
• Trail Finder for best hikes with children, or to enjoy nature, swimming holes, and great views
• GPS coordinates
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Fox does a good of providing a representative sample of outings in California. This book offers several beachwalks, including the Carpenteria Tar Pits, Elwood Bluffs Butterfly Preserve, and of course the Santa Barbara Waterfront. Inland hikes include Inspiration Point and Montecito Overlook, a couple of walks in the Santa Ynez Recreation area, and some exploration of Gaviota State Park to the West of Santa Barbara, just before Point Concepcion. The longest hike in the book is the moderately challenging 6 mile Romero Canyon Loop, but most of the routes are short and manageable by just about anyone. A few of the trails are accessible to people with handicaps. Like all books in this series, this one includes detailed driving directions (with GPS coordinates for trail head parking), nice sketch maps, and point to point mileage notes.
Despite enjoying the region, Santa Barbara has, until fairly recently, been one of the few parts of the state that I have not hiked in extensively. This is because the city is too far for day hikes, from where I live, but not quite far enough for extended weekends and vacations. In the last year, however, I have made a commitment to exploring there more often. I have now hiked 30% of the routes in this book and am looking forward to doing more. Readers should know, however, that even by the criteria used by the Best Easy series, this book is far from comprehensive. It offers, however, a good selection of hikes for beginning to explore America's Mediterranean. And since none of the selections are too long, you should still have time for some fine wine and dining at the end of your day.