USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
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
explanation of usage
(USFS Adventure Pass 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.
- 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.