Santa Barbara is a captivating, inviting community that is located in a natural, beautiful setting along California's Pacific coast. The temperate climate and refreshing ocean breezes, very similar to the Mediterranean, have distinguished this area as "the jewel of the American Riviera." The landscape around the city includes mountainous terrain, preserved forests and wilderness areas, and stretches of undeveloped coast, allowing this scenic area to have miles of quiet, secluded hiking trails. Day Hikes Around Santa Barbara includes 113 day hikes within a 65-mile radius of the city. A wide range of hikes accommodates amateur to avid hikers, ranging from coastal beach walks to steep canyon climbs. Highlights include oceanside bluffs, beaches, tidepools, wetland preserves, sculpted gorges, rock outcroppings with caves, numerous waterfalls, secluded pools in mossy canyons, mountain ridge trails, historical sites, and stunning overlooks of the Pacific. Straight-forward directions and clear maps accompany every hike.Companion guides include Day Hikes Around Ventura County, Day Hikes Around San Luis Obispo, and Day Hikes On the California Central Coast.
Robert Stone has been writer, photographer, and publisher of Day Hike Books for more than a decade. Robert has hiked every trail in the Day Hike Book series. With 20 hiking guides in the series, he has hiked over a 1000 trails throughout the western United States and Hawaii.