Posted by: James Wapotich | January 24, 2018

Trail Quest: Gifford Ranch Trail

Hiked the Gifford Trail from Highway 166 to the old ranch site, and then made a large loop along the jeep roads that trace the east and west sides of Gifford Canyon. From the top of the loop there are great views out towards the Carrizo Plain, Caliente Peak, Cuyama Valley, and Sierra Madre Mountains. From the loop, I extended my hike over to Gillam Spring. Both the trough at the ranch site and at Gillam Spring have a steady trickle of water that could conceivably be filtered for drinking.

Article appears in section A of the January 22nd, 2018 edition of Santa Barbara News-Press.

Older articles can be seen by scrolling down or using the search feature in the upper right corner. Articles from the News-Press appear here a couple months after they appear in the paper.

Caliente Peak Mountains Gifford Ranch Trail Cuyama Valley hike Los Padres National Forest

Caliente Peak and the Caliente Mountains are seen from the trail

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An old cattle chute is seen at the Gifford Ranch site

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An oak is seen along the trail in Gypsum Canyon


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