Posted by: James Wapotich | August 30, 2019

Exploring the Sky Islands of the Santa Barbara & Ojai Mountains

Sky Islands Los Padres National Forest San Rafael Mountains Big Pine Pine Mountain Ridge Reyes Peak Mount Pinos conifers


Exploring the Sky Islands of the Santa Barbara & Ojai Mountains

Free Slideshow Presentation with Q&A

Thursday, September 19th, 6:30PM
Faulkner Gallery – Santa Barbara Public Library
40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

Sky Islands are found at higher elevations in our local mountains, where relatively cooler and wetter conditions create microclimates that help preserve rich stands of conifers and related habitat, that are surrounded by a sea of either chaparral or pinyon-juniper woodland.

This talk will highlight the hiking and backpacking opportunities in the San Rafael Mountains, along Pine Mountain Ridge, and at Mount Pinos and the Chumash Wilderness.

Join local author James Wapotich as shares images and stories from his treks through these scenic mountains. James has hiked many of the trails in our local backcountry. He is an experienced backpacker, trail guide, and author of the Santa Barbara News-Press hiking column, Trail Quest.

For more information call (805) 729-4250 or email

This talk is part of the ongoing Wilderness Hiking Speaker Series hosted by the Santa Barbara Public Library. The talks are the third Thursday of the month and feature topics related to hiking, backpacking, and our local natural history.

The next talk in the series is Thursday, October 17th, Riding the Old Spanish Trail, a movie featuring several local backcountry horsemen,


  1. I will share in my newsletter. I was going to use the post at the library website but this is much better. On a recent hike on Pine Mountain with CNPS botanist Rick Burgess he said the back side of Reyes Peak where the White Fir forest is has not burned for 700 years! Here’s an article I found researching sky islands:


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