USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: Santa Barbara County, about 20 miles north of Santa Barbara, 145 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Santa Barbara County|
|Forest Service||Los Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts|
|USGS Topos||Madulce Peak 7½, Big Pine Mountain 7½, Fox Mountain 7½, Salisbury Potrero 7½|
|Official HPS Maps
||TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!|
| ||Viewable PDF file - Approximately 9 megs|
| ||GPX file or Google Earth KML file to
download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)|
| ||Routes as shown on
CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)|
Nearby Peaks: Samon Peak, Big Pine Mountain, West Big Pine
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 31 miles round trip on road and trail
- Gain: 4700' total, 3900' out plus 800' on return
- Time: 15-16 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, very strenuous
- Navigation: Easy
Original: John Backus, May 1981
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.
- At 10.0 miles, a hard to see dirt road on right. This is the turnoff
for Fox Mountain #1. Keep straight.
- At 10.8 miles, fork with Dry Canyon Road on the left. This is the
turnoff for Lizard Head and
Cuyama Peak (LO). Keep straight.
- At 12.6 miles, a locked gate. Park here.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (3440'), hike through the small gate and continue
up the road. At 4 miles there are the posts of a second gate; off the road
to the right is a flat area suitable for camping.
- Continue up the road,
keeping left at a fork with Sierra Madre Road about 0.5 mile farther, and
go about 5 miles farther to Chokecherry Spring (5500'),
marked by a water trough and a large water tank. This is the turnoff
for Samon Peak.
- Continue south up the road
about 1.7 miles (700' gain) to a saddle where the road starts downhill.
- About 30 yards past the saddle, the trail that goes to Madulce Peak starts
off to the left, visible from the saddle. Continuing straight ahead on the
road leads to Big Pine Mountain and
West Big Pine.
- Turn left on the trail and follow it
for 1 mile as it crosses over a ridge and then goes along its east side
to a trail fork, with a sign on the right reading "Madulce Peak 2".
The left fork goes 2 miles down to Madulce Guard Station.
- Take the right
fork, following this realigned trail (not shown on the topo map) that
begins just northeast of bump 6381', trends downward to a major ridge north of
Madulce, and then doubles back steeply uphill with 23 switchbacks to meet
the old trail alignment at the main ridgeline near bump 6412'.
meeting the main ridgeline, turn south along the ridge to the summit, which
is marked by the foundations of a former lookout. The new trail alignment
to the summit is 1 mile longer than the former trail.