Santa Barbara Sports & Outdoors

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    Red Tile Walking Tour

    by cnango Updated Aug 28, 2011

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    Red Tile Walking Tour in Santa Barbara

    Enjoy scenic Santa Barbara on foot from State Street and beyond. See beautiful parks, plazas, museums, historical landmarks on twelve city blocks. Free printable self guided Red Tile Walking Tour maps click are available on line..

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    • Historical Travel
    • Women's Travel
    • Hiking and Walking

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    sailing & Kayaking

    by Cammel11 Updated Jul 6, 2008

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    Chartering a Sailing Center Boat to Santa Cruz Is.

    The Santa Barbara Sailing Center has a large selection of boats you can rent, charter or learn on. They range from 16.5'- 50' (J boats and Catalina). The staff is extremely nice and helpful. The sailing center also has great kayak tours in the mornings and afternoons.

    Here are some sample Prices:

    3 Hour Kayak Tour: $60 per person
    28' Catalina: $295 a day
    32' Catalina: $370
    19' Victory : $30 an Hour or $120 a day
    18' Blue Water Fishing Boat: $150 per hour

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    • Family Travel
    • Beaches
    • Sailing and Boating

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    SET THE MAIN SAIL, MATE

    by travelgourmet Updated Jun 27, 2008

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    SAILING OUT FOR THE DAY

    The Santa Barbara Harbor is home to restaurants, boat ramps, boat mooring, and boat rentals. This scenic harbor area has several shops to rent a sailboat for an hour or by the day. Easy access to the sea, and picturesque setting.

    Equipment: The Santa Barbara Sailing Center rents 13-22 foot powerboats and 32-42 foot yachts by the hour or day, some with skipper included. All type of cruises are available as well, dinner, island, and even music cruises are available.

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    • Family Travel
    • Sailing and Boating

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    Biking in the sun

    by AgentJX Written Aug 13, 2007

    Santa Barbara/Goleta has a good network of bike paths throughout the city. Some these are simply a designated lane on the side of roads (sometimes a little narrow for comfort) but in other cases they are separate and generally well maintained paths. The main route between Goleta and Santa Barbara has long stretches away from street traffic and is a good route for a more serious bike ride (at time pretty scenic at times not so much). Likewise there are many trails that run from the beach to the hills where you can pick some roads that will test your climbing skills.

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    Surfing off the cliffs/UC Santa Barbara

    by karina888 Updated Apr 24, 2006

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    Happy but chillllllly!

    Surfing off the cliffs off of State street you can find great surf. The water, unfortuantely isn't as warm as I would like for it to be, but the waves are nice and I recommend you giving it a go. It's right off the campus (UC Santa Barbara), it's so beaufitufl up there and highly recommend the visiti to the area!

    Equipment: A wetsuit for sure, warm cloths to change into after and a towel..ANd of course your board..

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    Hike Cathedral Peak

    by VA_Dave Updated Jun 4, 2005

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    Cathedral Peak behind Santa Barbara - sbtrails.org

    Cathedral peak hike is a fantastic 6 mile RT hike up a mountain ridge just behind Santa Barbara. The views of Santa Barbara and the ocean are gorgeous.

    If you are in great shape, you may take around 1.5 hrs each way, but most of us take around 3 hours each way. You may meet some dogs at the trailhead who want to join you. Welcome them. They are great climbers!

    Here are some route descriptions

    http://www.santabarbarahikes.com/hikes/frontcountry/descriptions/index.shtml?cathedral_peak

    http://www.opl.ucsb.edu/grace/hikes/cathedralpeak.html

    http://www.sbtrails.org/Trails/index3.php/?ID=30

    Geocaching:

    http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC1F42

    and some photos:

    http://photos.sb-outdoors.org/albun53

    Equipment: No technical equipment required. Just will and water. Start early if it looks like a hot day.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Mountain Climbing

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    Hiking in Santa Barbara

    by kidkilowatt Written May 4, 2005
    little waterfall on our hike

    Santa Barbara is a great location to go on a hike. Unfortunately, we did not have a lot of time to do this as it was just one of the activities we were trying to pack into our short time in Santa Barbara. If you come into Santa Barbara and want to go on a hike or two but don't know where to go, I suggest going to the visitors center across from the beach in downtown Santa Barbara. They have lots of hiking resources, from entire books to $3.00 maps with a general overview of popular hikes in the area. We got a $3.00 map and found a nice moderate hike and went out and explored. Hiking in Santa Barbara is fantastic- if you can get one in, even if it is a short little loop, I suggest it. If you cannot find the visitor center, I have included a number I found- hopefully they can give you directions to get to them and get the materials you need.

    Equipment: Bring water- it is quite warm in Santa Barbara

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    Hiking - (not really) Painted Cave

    by Pounder73 Updated Feb 18, 2005

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    In the little community of Painted Cave, there is a cave with guess what?... Paintings. These are actually hieroglyphs drawn by the Chumash, the Native Americans that lived on this Land. Their reservation is located in the Santa Ynez Valley, (where the Casino is located).

    The cave is heavily gated, but the road that passes it, is just another option besides going up or down all of San Marcos Pass (154) and reaching EAST Camino Cielo Rd.

    easy direction: right on East Camino Cielo Rd, and about 2.5 miles, (Knapp’ is a mile further) make a right on Painted Cave Rd. Drive down this about a mile and look up to your right for the cave.

    Equipment: alternate directions to the cave... much better than mine. (written by vt'er "paintedcave")

    Take 154 North -> turn right on Painted Cave Rd (about 7 miles from the 101)

    Drive up and up Painted Cave Road, soon the road will flatten out a bit (at about 1.5 miles). A few 100 meters after a tight right hairpin turn in fron of a grand gated brick driveway you will find yourself under cover of trees in the "enchanted forest". Look immediately to your left and you will find a few parking space turnouts and a sign by some stairs that says "Chumash Painted Cave". You're there!!

    If you end up navigating three extremely tight hairpin switchbacks under the forest canopy, you've gone too far. But don't turn around yet, it's much too dangerous. Further up the road is an archway with a sign saying "Painted Cave" THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO THE CAVE. This road leads into a private community. Turn around and head back down the road you came up about .5 miles to return to the cave.

    Also, please drive slow and carefully on this road. And stay on your side of the road. Many people have plummetted off the road to an ill fate. Save the gawking for the passengers, or wait until you park. Respect bicyclists and other hikers. And park in a turnout.

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    • Hiking and Walking

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  • Painted Cave

    by paintedcave Updated Feb 16, 2005
    Inside the cave.

    A short hike (20m) off the road to the Chumash Painted Cave (seen in the photo). There is an additional hike beyond the cave if you desire.

    Other folks have written about the cave. I live in the Painted Cave community (see my name!) and wanted to clarify some directions. If you just "wing it" you'll probably end up turning around in my driveway like the dozens of tourists every day in the summer. So frustrating!!!

    Take 154 North -> turn right on Painted Cave Rd (about 7 miles from the 101)

    Drive up and up Painted Cave Road, soon the road will flatten out a bit (at about 1.5 miles). A few 100 meters after a tight right hairpin turn in fron of a grand gated brick driveway you will find yourself under cover of trees in the "enchanted forest". Look immediately to your left and you will find a few parking space turnouts and a sign by some stairs that says "Chumash Painted Cave". You're there!!

    If you end up navigating three extremely tight hairpin switchbacks under the forest canopy, you've gone too far. But don't turn around yet, it's much too dangerous. Further up the road is an archway with a sign saying "Painted Cave" THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO THE CAVE. This road leads into a private community. Turn around and head back down the road you came up about .5 miles to return to the cave.

    Also, please drive slow and carefully on this road. And stay on your side of the road. Many people have plummetted off the road to an ill fate. Save the gawking for the passengers, or wait until you park. Respect bicyclists and other hikers. And park in a turnout.

    Enjoy the cave, but please stay out of my front yard!!

    Equipment: Bring a flashlight. The insides of caves are dark!!

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Archeology
    • Arts and Culture

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    Santa Barbara Bike Week

    by mafootje Written Jul 27, 2004
    Jump during Bike Week

    When we where visiting Santa Barbara the Bike week was going on. This is organized by the local "Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition".

    This coalition was founded in 1991, and are volunteers acting countywide as a bicycling advocacy organization. The bike week started in 1994 and has taken place every May, it is a way to promote bicycling.


    Picture taken May 2000



    Equipment: A bike and proper protection for if you crash...

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    • Cycling
    • Family Travel

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    beautiful views...

    by venteeocho Written Oct 21, 2003

    The Los Padres National Forest occupies nearly two million acres of varied terrain –- almost a third of Santa Barbara County –- setting aside extensive wilderness acreage ideal for hiking and horseback riding. Trails range from gentle paths through oak-studded valleys to switchbacks up the Santa Ynez Mountains that reward hikers and horseback riders with stunning ocean views

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    Bicycles plentiful!

    by Viajara Written Aug 13, 2003

    I didn't bicycle around Santa Barbara, but wished I had. I noticed that many people had rented bikes from the various bicycle rental outfits throughout Santa Barbara. Since parking can be a hassle, bicycling seems like a great way to go.

    Equipment: I noticed a bicycle rental outfit near the Amtrak Train Station and also along the beach/wharf areas.

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    Santa Barbara Hiking

    by Pounder73 Updated Jun 9, 2003

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    Lizard's Mouth Santa Barba Ca

    if you are planning on spending some time here, i recomend you buy the book, "Santa Barbara Day Hikes" (about $15.00 - or write me, easier and cheaper)

    if you only have a day planned for this, then i have two suggestions.

    1) Red Rock during the day, and then hit up Lizzard's Mouth for the sunset or

    2) Painted Cave to Knapp's Castle to Lizard's Mouth

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park
    • Fishing

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    Hiking - Red Rock

    by Pounder73 Updated Jun 8, 2003

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    Santa Ynez River - Santa Barbara

    If you are ever in SB during the hotter/warmer months and you happened to be fogged in (read “June Gloom” in the Genreal Tips) and wish to head to where the sun is shining, drive over the mountains to the Santa Ynez River Valley for some sun and heat and a dip in the river. Again, take the San Marco Pass (from the 101 north of SB a little, in Goleta) and drive on over. When you start your decent down the hill, you will see Lake Cachuma ahead of you. There you can rent a boat and/or fish for trout and bass. I always preferred the river myself. Way before the lake, you will make a right on Paradise Road. This parallels and even eventually crosses the river. There are many places to stop and have a picnic and swim if so desired.

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    • Fishing
    • Hiking and Walking

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    Hiking - Red Rock

    by Pounder73 Written Jun 8, 2003

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    Red Rock - Santa Barbara

    To get to Red Rock, which should be your destination, keep on driving down Paradise Rd and eventually you will drive through the river (literally) 4 times. When the river has high water, you may not be able to drive through the water, but in later Summer to Fall months, it is not a problem, even with a small car. Once you come the very end of the road, there will be many cars, park and walk down the path to the left. You will have to walk through the river, so wear appropriate shoes/sandles… and you won’t miss Red Rock. Some people are daring enough to climb (around back) of the big rock and jump off. But keep in mind, people try it and end up dieing every year! (no joke) I always enjoyed watching others do it… no way for this hommie… but there are other rock you can swim to and dive off of. Just look before you jump, I don’t want you to break your back!

    This pic was during the winter, hence.. no sun.

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