Please join us for an adventurous virtual evening with Craig R. Carey who will talk about his latest book HIKING & BACKPACKING SANTA BARBARA & VENTURA (Wilderness Press) with Chaucer's on Thursday, April 22 at 6 pm!

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Find Adventure in California's Los Padres National Forest

Majestic waterfalls, sweeping vistas, granite-clad ridges, and hot springs--the southern Los Padres National Forest stretches across Southern California's incomparable scenery. Let local author Craig R. Carey lead you through the best of this varied terrain. Hiking & Backpacking Santa Barbara & Ventura presents nearly 100 of the finest routes between Gaviota Pass and Lake Piru.

Explore lush trails above Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Ventura, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, and Piru. Plan a day hike, a weekend backpacking trip, or a deep backcountry journey through stretches of the Chumash, San Rafael, Dick Smith, Sespe, and Matilija wildernesses. This guide provides the information you need to plan and implement your next hiking and backpacking adventure

Inside You'll Find

  • 98 of the top routes in California's second-largest national forest
  • Day trips, weekend excursions, and deep backcountry treks
  • Detailed section maps and GPS coordinates
  • Waypoints, camps, trailhead directions, and permit information
  • Recommendations for hiking with children



Photo courtesy of Linton Clarke

Craig R. Carey

A Ventura-based teacher, Scout leader, and trail volunteer, Craig R. Carey grew up hiking and backpacking in the southern Los Padres. 


Event date: 
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
Virtual Event
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Hiking & Backpacking Santa Barbara & Ventura: A Complete Guide to the Trails of the Southern Los Padres National Forest Cover Image
ISBN: 9780899979076
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Published: Wilderness Press - March 9th, 2021