Note: This area was heavily burned in the 2007 Zaca Fire. Trail routings and conditions may have changed since this trip report.
Topo and GPS tracks of the day's long 30+ mile route. Parking lot is marked by the red star at the top. Route was counter clockwise. Most of the loop was in the Dick Smith wilderness, the spur in the San Rafael wilderness. Last comment 12/08/2006.
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10/06/2004 04:43 PM
Parking lot at the end of Santa Barbara Canyon road where a locked gate blocks further progress. Nobody else in the parking lot when I arrived (or when I got back) and I didn't see anyone all day. The drive down Santa Barbara Canyon was the first unpaved forest road for the new car. Hit the trail a little before 7am.
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10/04/2004 06:52 AM
The first couple of miles were heading west along the canyon bottom. The road then started a moderate switchbacking climb. For once, the rising sun was to my back.
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10/04/2004 06:56 AM
Shadow cast along the hillside as I climbed. Clear blue skies to the west. Lots of tracks in the trail. Mostly mountain bike and boot at this point, but a fair smattering of quail, bear, deer, and snake tracks.
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10/04/2004 07:19 AM
Looking forward to the trail cutting across the slope ahead. The trail would countour the canyon as it climbed up to that point.
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10/04/2004 07:37 AM
The morning fog lingered to the east, but would burn off before noon. Looking back down, the road can be seen on the right side of the shot.
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10/04/2004 07:50 AM
The first trail (road) junction at Santa Barbara Potrero. The trail turned south at this flat at the top of the ridge. The sign here bore some anti-Sierra Club propoganda ("Hunting is a great American tradition. Be safe, love the land, and just say "No" to cranky and sour Sierra Club old poops")
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10/04/2004 08:14 AM
Some cows grazing at the Santa Barbara Portrero. There were cow pies along the road, but I didn't see any cows othere than these. Beyond the cows, the Sierra Madre Road continues northwest.
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10/04/2004 08:15 AM
One of the many many many black bear tracks along the trail. Bear tracks (and berry laden scat) would be present along most of the ~30 miles of today's route.