Posted by: James Wapotich | June 4, 2018

Trail Quest: Santa Lucia Wilderness, Part 2

Went backpacking recently in the Santa Lucia Wilderness with my friend Casey. We hiked in along Lopez Canyon Trail; set up camp at Upper Lopez; and then day-hiked the balance of the trail up to East Cuesta Road. Lots of great water in the Lopez Creek, as well as in the small pools and cascades in Potrero Canyon and at Sulphur Pots. Also, plenty of poison oak along much of the trail and lots of cool bear sign on the different trees.

Article appears in section A of the today’s 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.

Lopez Canyon Trail cascade Potrero Creek Santa Lucia Wilderness hike backpacking San Luis Obispo

Lopez Canyon Cascade near the confluence with Potrero Creek

California newt eggs lopez canyon santa lucia wilderness los padres nation forest

California newt and eggs

Lopez Mountain canyon trail hike Santa Lucia wilderness los padres national forest San Luis Obispo East Cuesta Ridge hike

Lopez Mountain is seen from Lopez Canyon Trail

Pacific starflower Trientalis latifolia lopez canyon trail Santa Lucia Mountains wilderness Los Padres National Forest

Pacific starflower


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