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Location: Santa Barbara County, about 9 miles south of Cuyama, 140 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Santa Barbara County|
|Forest Service||Los Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts|
|USGS Topo||Fox Mountain 7½|
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| ||Viewable JPG file - Approximately 530K|
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| ||Routes as shown on
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Printable version of this route
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 5 miles round trip cross-country
- Gain: 2300' total, 2100' out plus 200' on return
- Time: 4 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, moderate
- Navigation: Moderate
- Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Original: Howland Bailey, 1968
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Drive north on I-5 past the Grapevine to the SR 166 off-ramp. Turn
- Head west 36.5 miles, passing through Maricopa, to the junction with
SR 33 south. This junction may be reached by a slower route via SR 33
north from Ojai. (There is a junction with SR 33 north in Maricopa that
you will pass in Maricopa.) Turn left (south).
- Go 2.7 miles to Foothill Road on the right. Turn right (west).
- Go 2.1 miles, crossing the Cuyama River, to the Santa Barbara Canyon
Road (9N11) on the left. Turn left, note your odometer, and go as
- At 3.1 miles, just past a ranch house, junction with a dirt road on
the left and a paved road on the right with a sign "Santa Barbara
Canyon Road". Turn right.
- At 7.5 miles, fork with Santa Barbara Ranch visible ahead. Go right
and cross a creek. The pavement ends.
- At 9.5 miles, a cattle guard and gate. Gate may be closed. Check with Mt. Pinos Ranger district, Chuchupate station, for status.
- At 10.0 miles, an obscure dirt road appears on the right. Turn right
(west) on this road a few yards to a turn-around, suitable for overnight
car camps. Park here.
HIKING ROUTE 1
From the parking area (3250'), hike across the streambed and head
west-northwest directly up the ridge. An occasionally obscure use trail
leads in a
generally northwest direction up the ridge and over bump 5000'.
The use trail is usually on the south side of the ridge.
point the trail runs northwest past a shallow saddle, across elevation 5038',
down into another saddle, and up another bump (5080'+).
From here hike
cross-country toward the left (west) summit, which is the peak.
If the Cuyama River is impassable, return to the junction of SR 166
and SR 33 and go as follows:
- Go west on SR 166 for 4.7 miles to a bridge over the Cuyama
River, and an immediate junction past the bridge, on your left. This is
Kirschenmann Road (paved). Turn left.
- Continue 2.4 miles to the end of Kirschenmann at Foothill Road. Turn
- Drive 3 miles to Santa Barbara Canyon Road on the right (south). Turn
right and continue as above.
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.