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06E

Lizard Head

5,350'+
(UTM 730423)

Location: Santa Barbara County, about 21 miles north-northwest of Ojai, 170 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Santa Barbara County
Forest Service: Los Padres National Forest
Topo: Cuyama Pk 7½, Rancho Nuevo Creek 7½

Nearby Peaks: Cuyama Peak (LO)

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass Required)
Distance: 11 miles r.t. on trail & cross-country
Gain: 2,000' + 1,200' on the return
Time: 5-6 hours r.t.
Rating: Class 1; strenuous

Original: Al Campbell, 1972

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Drive north on I-5 past the Grapevine to the Hwy. 166 off-ramp. Turn left (west).
  • Go about 40 miles through the town of Maricopa to the junction with Hwy 33. Turn left (south). This junction may be reached by a shorter but slower route by driving north from Ventura through Ojai on Hwy 33.
  • 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 follows:
  • 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 road.
  • 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 turn-off point for Fox Mountain #1.
  • At 10.8 miles, Dry Canyon Road on the left. Turn left.
  • At 16.6 miles a gated road on the right. Park here. Parking is limited.

HIKING ROUTE 1

From the parking area (4600'), hike down the right fork of the road past the barrier about 1¼ miles to Upper Tinta campground (4500'). From here hike southwest up a firebreak along the low ridge to the left (east) of the campground. (Don't start up the inviting firebreak on the right!) Continue up the firebreak across the bump at 5300' (visible from the campground) and up to the main (east-west) ridge at 5600'+. Turn right (west) and go about 500 yards to the ridge running south. From here, Lizard Head is visible as the 6th bump along this ridge. Follow the firebreak along this ridge, going first south, then southeast. At the bump just southeast of elev. 5562' there is a heliport. The firebreak ends here. Continue along the ridge another mile to the summit, which is a large sloping rock outcrop.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Dry Canyon Road may be closed in the early spring.


ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass Required)
Distance: 18 miles r.t. on trail & cross-country
Gain: 2000'
Time: 10-12 hours r.t.
Rating: Class 1; very strenuous

Original: Luella Martin

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Drive north on I-5 past the Grapevine to the Hwy. 166 off-ramp. Turn left (west).
  • Go about 40 miles through the town of Maricopa to the junction with Hwy 33. Turn left (south). This junction may be reached by a shorter but slower route by driving north from Ventura through Ojai on Hwy 33.
  • Go 17.9 miles to Rancho Nuevo Camp Road (7N04) on the right. Turn right (west). Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 0.8 mile, fork, go left.
  • At 1.8 miles Rancho Nuevo campground. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

Hike up trail 24W03 about 6 miles to Upper Rancho Nuevo campground at 4025', which is at the end of the trail and is marked by some rusty iron stoves. From the camp, continue up the canyon around three oxbow bends, the first on the north side, the second on the south side, and the third on the north side. Beware of the side canyon that comes in from the south between the second and third oxbow bends; it is easy to mistake it for the main canyon which goes southwest here. Continue up the main canyon to the flat just west of the "N" in Nuevo on the topo (UTM 732408). From here ascend the side canyon which goes north for ¼ mile along a cattle trail to just below the 4500' level. Then hike up a grassy slope east to a saddle just south of elev. 5381' (UTM 730414). Here climb north along the ridge to elev. 5381'; then northwest ¼ mile to the summit.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 23-Jun-2002
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