I spent my Halloween hiking. Can’t imagine doing anything more fun than that!
My buddy Lindsay and I ventured out into the front country today, hiking up from Romero Canyon, all the way up to the water tower on Camino Cielo. The weather was perfect – 75 and sunny most of the way – and there were only a couple people on the trail. I kind of like hiking on fire roads, because they’re pretty hard to turn an ankle on… and I do that too often. This hike is one that can be as long or short as one wants to make it and the grade of the fire road is pretty easy to manage (it averages about 400-500′ of gain per mile for most of it). There is the Romero Canyon hiking trail for a more direct route to Camino Cielo, but that one is steeper and we were looking for distance over grade today.
Distance: 13.9 miles r/t
Calories burned: 2,900
Calories taken in: 400 (Hammer Gel), 100 (granola bar), and 400 (24 oz. of HEED)
Water consumed: 1.5L
Weather: 75 and sunny
Gear used: Salomon XAPro Ultra trail runners, Gregory Z35 pack (I wanted a pack with suspension today), Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
GPS log – my Garmin is struggling to upload this hike right now. If I can make it work later, I’ll add the log here.
Getting there: From Santa Barbara, take the 101 east/south to Sheffield Road. Take Sheffield Road north to 192/foothill. Turn left on foothill and then a quick right on Romero Canyon Road. You’ll see the trail a couple miles up on the left. Parking is limited – usually I park on the small shoulder of the road.