Posted by: James Wapotich | September 13, 2016

Hiking Santa Barbara’s Historic Backcountry Trails

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Hiking Santa Barbara’s Historic Backcountry Trails

Free Slideshow Presentation with Q&A

Wednesday, October 12th, 7:00PM
Karpeles Manuscript Library
21 W. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

The original trails through our backcountry were along routes used by the Chumash. When settlers began homesteading in the backcountry new trails were added. And during the early part of the 1900s, and the 1930s, the Forest Service built additional trails.

This talk will highlight three historic trails in our backcountry. Routes that can still be explored today. The Mono-Alamar Trail, which was used during the Chumash Revolt of 1824. The Sisquoc River Trail, which was built by the early homesteaders. And the Alexander Trail, which was a cattle trail into the backcountry between what is now Rancho Oso and Santa Cruz Camp.

Join local author James Wapotich as he shares images and stories from his hikes along these historic trails. James has hiked many of the trails in our local backcountry. 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 call (805) 729-4250 or email

I’ve also been invited to participate in a panel discussion at Antioch University, Wednesday, Oct. 19th, from 4:30-5:45pm, at their Community Hall, 602 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA.

The Benefits of Nature Connection on Mental Health

For millennia, humans have connected with nature as a means of sustenance, healing, and rejuvenation. In our modern times however, we have become increasingly disconnected from the natural world. Recent research has shown that nature connection can have far-reaching impacts on our mental health and overall well-being.

Join us as we hear from a panel of experts who will share stories and anecdotes from their clinical experience, indigenous Chumash wisdom, and time on the land that have helped people find healing, self-awareness, and clarity through connecting with nature.

For those who regularly enjoy the outdoors, or those looking to bring more balance to their lives by trying something new, this discussion is sure to expand your understanding of the benefits of spending time in nature. Bring your questions, your curiosity, and your loved ones to this enriching discussion on integrating nature connection into your personal mental health practices.

Panelists include:

    • Linda Buzzell Saltzman, MFT and Eco-therapist
    • Art Cisneros, Elder in the Chumash Community
    • Jennifer Ferraez, LCSW and Homeless Outreach Clinician
    • Doyle Hollister, MFT and Life-long Wilderness Wanderer
    • Alexis Slutzky, MFT and Wilderness Guide
    • Dan Spach, MFTI and Nature Connection Mentor
    • James Wapotich, Wilderness Guide, Author, and Artist

For more info call Sierra (805) 708-4058 or email or go to of Nature Connection on Mental Health Antioch University Linda Buzzell Saltzman Art Cisneros Jennifer Ferraez Doyle Hollister Alexis Slutzky Dan Spach


  1. Thank you for the information

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