USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: Santa Barbara County, about 25 miles north-northwest of Ojai, 170 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: Cuyama Peak 7½, Fox Mountain 7½, Rancho Nuevo Creek 7½
explanation of usage
Nearby Peaks: Lizard Head
(USFS Adventure Pass required)
- Distance: None
- Gain: None
- Time: None
- Rating: Drive-up
Original: Paul A. Lipsohn, 1972
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, junction with a dirt road on the left just past a ranch
with a sign "Santa Barbara Canyon Road". Turn right on a paved
- 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. Keep straight. This
is the turnoff for Fox Mountain #1.
- At 10.8 miles, Dry Canyon Road on the left. Turn left.
- At 16.6 miles an obscure gated road/trail on the right. Keep left
This is the
parking spot for Lizard Head.
- Follow the road about 2 more miles up to the summit of Cuyama 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.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- The HPS register is sometimes located in a drawer or cupboard
inside the lookout
tower. There is a Forest Service register at the foot of the stairs.