Posted by: James Wapotich | August 27, 2018

Trail Quest: Hot Springs and Buena Vista Canyons

Hiked both the Buena Vista Loop and the network of trails between Hot Springs and San Ysidro Canyons a couple weeks ago.

Buena Vista Trail is in okay shape up to the connector trails. The connector trail east up towards the Edison access road from Romero Canyon is in good shape past some initial fennel cluttering up the trail. The connector trail west over towards the Edison access road from San Ysidro Canyon has some slide damage just across the creek from the trail juncture, and then is overgrown with wild mustard much of the way up to the Edison access road. The access road is in great shape. All of the Edison access roads within the Thomas Fire burn area have been cleared. For the loop back to Buena Vista Canyon, Old Pueblo Trail is also in good shape having been recently worked by volunteers.

The trails between Hot Springs and San Ysidro Canyons are in great shape. The Edison access roads have been cleared and the lower trails and connectors were recently worked by volunteers.

For the article, I hiked Hot Springs Trail up to the old hotel site; then came down Saddle Rock Trail; took McMenemy Trail over to Girard Trail, and hiked the length of Girard Trail (great views of San Ysidro Canyon). From there, hiked the rest of McMenemy down to San Ysidro Canyon, returning back along Edison Catway and hiking the Hot Springs Loop Trail back to the trailhead. The burn damage is evident across the entire area, but there is a fair amount of plants coming back.

Currently all of the trails within in the Thomas Fire burn area have been reopened except Cold Springs Canyon, which remains closed including West Fork Cold Spring Trial. The upper portion of Cold Spring Trail, however, can be accessed from East Camino Cielo Road.

Article appears in section A of the August 20th, 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.

Buena Vista Canyon Trail Thomas Fire Santa Barbara Montecito hike Los Padres National Forest

Buena Vista Canyon is seen from the trail

Buena Vista Canyon Trail debris flow Thomas Fire Santa Barbara Montecito hike Los Padres National Forest

Familiar rock feature shows the height of the debris flow

Hot Springs Canyon Trail Thomas Fire Santa Barbara Montecito hike Los Padres National Forest

Hot Springs Canyon is seen from the trail

McMenemy Trail Thomas Fire Santa Barbara Montecito hike Los Padres National Forest

The Santa Ynez Mountains frame a view along McMenemy Trail

Saddle Rock Trail Thomas Fire Santa Barbara Montecito hike Los Padres National Forest

Saddle Rock Trail

 


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