Posted by: James Wapotich | May 22, 2018

Trail Quest: Santa Lucia Wilderness, Part 1

Created in 1978, the Santa Lucia Wilderness covers 20,486 acres in San Luis Obispo County. The wilderness has just three trails, all within two hours of Santa Barbara.

Part 1 covers the 9-mile loop hike that can made connecting Big Falls and Little Falls Trails and includes a visit to the waterfalls found in the two canyons. Both falls are more impressive in years with more rain, and at the same time the road to the trailheads becomes more challenging the more water that’s flowing. There are 7 crossings on the way to the Little Falls Trailhead and another 7 from there to the Big Falls Trailhead. A high clearance vehicle is recommended.

Part 1 appears in section A of the May 21st, 2018 edition of Santa Barbara News-Press

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Little Falls

Little Falls Canyon Trail hike Santa Lucia Wilderness Los Padres National Forest

Little Falls Canyon

Big Falls Canyon Trail Santa Lucia Wilderness Los Padres National Forest

Big Falls

Big Falls Canyon Trail hike Santa Lucia Wilderness Los Padres National Forest

Big Falls Canyon

Big Falls Canyon trail hike Santa Lucia Wilderness Los Padres National Forest

Cascade Big Falls Canyon

Big Falls Canyon Trail hike Santa Lucia Wilderness Los Padres National Forest

“Middle Falls”

Part 2 will cover Lopez Canyon Trail and Sulphur Pots and Upper Lopez Camps.

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.

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Western pond turtle suns itself near Big Falls

Coast Live Oak Little Falls Canyon Santa Lucia Wilderness Los Padres National Forest

Coast Live Oak, Little Falls Canyon

 


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