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 Topo: Big Pine Mountain 7½, Madulce Peak 7½, Fox Mountain 7½, Salisbury Potrero 7½
explanation of usage
Nearby Peaks: West Big Pine, Samon Peak, Madulce Peak
(USFS Adventure Pass required)
- Distance: 31 miles round trip on dirt road
- Gain: 4200'
- Time: 18-20 hours round trip (2 days)
- 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 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' of gain) to a saddle where the road starts
downhill. About 30 yards past the saddle, a trail starts off to the left,
visible from the saddle. This is the turnoff for Madulce
- Continue on the road about 1.2 miles to a fork. The left fork
leads a short distance to the old Alamar station site. This is an
excellent dry campsite.
- Take the right fork and continue 2 miles to where
a jeep road goes up the slope to the left.
- Continuing on the main road
leads to West Big Pine. Instead, turn left and
ascend the jeep road, which becomes a use trail near the broad flat
summit. The register is located on a rock outcrop at the apparent high