Posted by: James Wapotich | September 23, 2017

Backpacking and Hiking in the San Rafael Wilderness

B&H San Raf


Backpacking and Hiking in the San Rafael Wilderness

Free lecture with James Wapotich

Co-sponsored by the Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society
and the Los Olivos Library

Thursday, October 12, 7:30 p.m.
Santa Ynez Valley Grange
2374 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos

Ever changing, the Santa Barbara backcountry is a place of surprising diversity and rich beauty. Within these natural lands, you’ll find waterfalls, quiet potreros, old homesteads, and miles of trails to explore. This talk will highlight some of the best trails and camps in and around the San Rafael Wilderness that can be used to craft backpacking trips and day hikes.

Join local author James Wapotich as he shares images and stories 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.

James will also be available to answer questions on safety, equipment, and backpacking basics.

For more information about the Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society and its other upcoming lectures and programs go to

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