Posted by: James Wapotich | February 4, 2016

Exploring the Santa Barbara & Ojai Mountains

Hiking Backpacking Santa Barbara Ojai Los Padres National Forest trails wilderness


Exploring the Santa Barbara & Ojai Mountains
Free Slideshow Presentation with Q&A

Wednesday, March 9th, 7:00PM
Karpeles Manuscript Library
21 W. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

Ever changing, the Santa Barbara and Ojai backcountry is a place of surprising diversity and rich beauty. Within these natural lands, you’ll find waterfalls, quiet potreros, Chumash villages sites, old homesteads, and miles of trails to explore. Many of these trails are within less than two hours of Santa Barbara. This talk will highlight some of the best trails and camps that can be used to craft 2-3 day backpacking trips, as well as some great day hikes.

Join local author James Wapotich as he shares images, stories, and trail conditions from his treks through our local backcountry. James has hiked many of the trails in the southern Los Padres National Forest. He is a Volunteer Wilderness Ranger with the Forest Service, and is the author of the Santa Barbara News-Press hiking column, Trail Quest.

For more information email me at or call (805) 729-4250.


  1. Have missed your previous presentations, hope to make this one. Really enjoyed your ‘in-the-field’ trails experience!

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