Posted by: James Wapotich | February 12, 2022

Waterfalls of the Santa Barbara and Ojai Mountains 

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Waterfalls of the Santa Barbara and Ojai Mountains

Free Online Presentation with Q&A

Thursday, March 17th, 5:30pm

Our local mountains are surprisingly rich in the number of waterfalls and cascades they hold. When enlivened by the rain, these scenic destinations become all the more compelling. 

This talk will highlight close to two dozen different waterfalls and cascades in the mountains behind Santa Barbara and Ojai; and will feature a mix of relatively easy to reach places, as well as more remote locations in the San Rafael and Dick Smith Wilderness areas.

Join local author James Wapotich as he shares images and stories from his hikes to these picturesque places in our 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.

This talk is being live-streamed via Zoom. To register go to

This free online presentation is part of the Trail Talks series hosted by the Santa Barbara Public Library.

The next talk in the series is Thursday, April 21st, 5:30pm, Wildflowers of Figueroa Mountain and the Central Coast with Helen Tarbet, Los Padres National Forest.


  1. So glad to learn of this! An SB native here who’s been living in Northern KY for the last 15yrs or so. Sure do miss backpacking in the San Rafael Wilderness Area, and I look forward to attending this virtual event. Thanks! –

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