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Location: Santa Barbara County, about 13 miles north of Summerland, 120 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||Hildreth Peak 7½, Old Man Mountain 7½|
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(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 16 miles round trip on trail, cross-country, and road
- Gain: 4700' total, 3900' out plus 800' on return
- Time: 10-11 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, strenuous
- Navigation: Intermediate
- Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Original: Howland Bailey, February 1968
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Take US 101 to Santa Barbara. Exit at Salinas Street.
- Go 0.75 mile to a traffic circle at Sycamore Canyon Road (SR 144).
- Go 1.1 miles to Stanwood Drive (SR 192). Turn left.
- Go 1.1 miles to El Cielito Road. Turn right.
- In 0.3 mile, 4-way stop. Drive straight on El Cielito.
- Go 0.2 mile to Gibraltar Road. Turn right.
- Go 6.3 miles to Camino Cielo (unsigned). Turn right.
- Go 6.7 miles to Romero Saddle.
- Continue on this road, staying on the main road at any forks, as it
goes down along the north side of the ridge, 5.3 miles to Juncal
Campground. Immediately after crossing a shallow stream, turn left
(northwest) at a fork.
- Go 3 miles to the Pendola Guard Station. Turn right.
- Go 2.7 miles to Caliente Hot Spring (Agua Caliente Spring). Park
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (1950'), hike up the trail on the left side of
the stream. It crosses the stream in about 0.25 mile and comes back
along the other side and goes up past a concrete dam.
- Follow the trail up
Agua Caliente Canyon, crossing a stream a number of times. Do not go up
Diablo Canyon by mistake! After crossing the main stream 10 times, there
will be a small campsite on the left side with a picnic table.
crossing the main stream 4 more times, and just before the 5th, leave the
trail to the left.
Go northwest up the ridge that starts there, following an old roadbed
and then use trails, to the prominently visible bump 3511'.
- Continue down the ridge on use trails, staying on the southwest
side, over a brushy plateau at 3480'.
Meet a jeep road in the shallow saddle at 3350' just
west of bump 3511'.
- Turn right on this undulating road and follow it to where it
comes out on the ridge just past (east) of the peak (4950').
- Turn left off the road here (there may be a duck) and
go west along the north
side of the ridge and up over some rocks to the summit.