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Day Hikes Around Santa Barbara Paperback – April 1, 2010
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Stone divides the greater Santa Barbara area into seven regions extending from southern San Luis Obispo county to the Ojai area and offers 113 walks in this book. The vast majority of these hikes are in the 3-5 mile range. A few others go up to 8 miles and one walk features an option for 14 miles. On the other hand, it is also fairly easy to find short strolls of a mile or less along the beach if you are so inclined. But regardless of what sort of hike you are looking for, each of the routes in this book includes a decent sketch map and detailed descriptions for finding your way to the trailhead.
Santa Barbara is rapidly becoming one of my favorite places to hike on weekends, even though it is about 3.5 hours drive from where I live. When I go, I want to make the most of my two days and this book is now my first resource. Readers should know, however, that this is definitely an are to visit in the spring. Summers are very hot here, unless you are right on the coast or hiking among the forest in the Figueroa Mountain recreation area. The wildflower displays featured on the cover of the book are best from March through May.
The detailed Table of Contents clearly lays out seven different geographical hiking areas and the specific trails within them. The hikes are tied together with overview maps which are continually referenced back to throughout the book, allowing the reader a clear sense of the big picture, Each of the 113 hikes offered are carefully and accurately described including distance, time, elevation, description, directions, and maps. One is easily able to find and learn about a hike's level of difficulty to match one's own ability, from hiking novice to expert. The language and format of the book enables the reader to flow from page to page, ending in a well-documented index. Even the cover of the guide feels good to the touch and is washable, lending itself to being carried on the trail.
I have visited, lived in, and hiked around the Santa Barbara area for 40 years, and it is amazing how much I have learned from this book. Unexplored territory, nooks and crannies, nature-lore, and historical references add even more depth and breadth to the excellence of this thorough publication.
An astounding manual, reflecting the hard work and intense dedication of its author.
A must-have for hiking around Santa Barbara!
* precise maps
* detailed directions
* not too many photos about the places, trails. Typically I would Google and find pictures there.
I can recommend the scenic him by Vandenberg air force, that featires a scenic overlook on the ocean.