Posted by: James Wapotich | May 12, 2019

Trail Quest: Deal Junction, Rancho Nuevo Canyon

Rancho Nuevo Canyon Trail Dick Smith Wilderness Cuyama Los Padres National Forest backpacking

Rancho Nuevo Canyon

Went backpacking with naturalist Mike Kresky a couple of weeks ago. Hiked in along Deal Trail with a side trip to Mine Camp, and then over to Deal Junction and Rancho Nuevo Canyon. From there, day hiked to Upper Rancho Nuevo Camp. Spent the night at Deal Junction Camp, where we set up one of my trail cameras, catching a shot of a bobcat making a predawn stroll.

The next day we hiked out down through Rancho Nuevo Canyon to the Cuyama River and State Route 33; and made a loop back to the car. Lots and lots of wildflowers out there, and lots of great water in all the creeks.

This article appear in section A of the May 6th, 2019 edition of Santa Barbara News-Press.

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Scenery near Deal Junction Camp

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Rancho Nuevo Canyon upstream from Deal Juction

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Rancho Nuevo Canyon nearing Upper Rancho Nuevo Camp

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Bobcat making a pre-dawn stroll near Deal Junction

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Rancho Nuevo Creek nearing Rancho Nuevo Campground

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Goldfields in bloom along the road to Rancho Nuevo Campground


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