Monte Arido

One of my favorite Santa Barbara County peaks, near the Santa Barbara/Ventura County line, and entrirely within the Los Padres National Forest. From Santa Barbara, take Gibralter Road to East Camimo Cielo. Take East Camino Cielo to Pendola Station. The second half of East Camino Cielo is well-maintained dirt road, but it's still easy to bottom-out in most cars. Park at Pendola Ranger Station (you must have an Adventure Pass!). About one hour's conservative drive from downtown Santa Barbara to Pendola. Trailhead is hidden behind ranger residence and fence with No Tresspassing sign. You'll need to find a way around these, then ten miles to the top. Trail generally good, but not much vegetation maintenance in recent years, so grass can get tall in some places. I prefer winter months because of cooler temperatures, greener scenery, and less rattlesnake danger. Ticks always a concern. Usually a little snow on higher north facing slopes by late January. Absolutely amazing views of the Santa Ynez Valley and Mountains from most of the trail. Also, incredible views of the San Raphael Mountains and western Ventura County from the peak. Watch out for rapid temperature drops, often accompanied by a chilly breeze, in late afternoon on the peak. Expect 30's or lower by 9 PM every night from November through February. Can junction with hundreds of miles of backcountry trails from near the peak. Can return from top via Jameson Lake trail, which is a bit longer, but not as steep.

Elevation (feet): 6,010
Elevation (meters): 1,832
Continent: North America
Country: United States
State: California
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
Nearest major airport: Santa Barbara Municipal
Convenient Center: Santa Barbara

Thanks to Kenneth J. Freeland, III for adding this peak.

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