Spyglass Ridge Road Hike
The Spyglass Ridge Road Hike would make a wonderful addition to an experienced hiker’s adventure itinerary. Demanding the navigation of technical terrain, this amazing route rewards its conquerors with dumbfounding vistas of the Santa Ynez Mountains and Santa Barbara below.
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Route Description for Spyglass Ridge Road Hike
Immerse yourself in the foothills of Los Padres along the Spyglass Ridge Road Hike. This wonderful trail travels into the Santa Ynez Mountains through the arid terrain adorned with a diversity of flora and fauna. Explore chaparral communities and keep an eye out for lizards and snakes bathing on the heat-radiating path. Much of the route is exposed and affords incredible views, and warrants extremely hot conditions, so be sure to pack plenty of water and wear SPF.
Setting out from the trailhead, the Spyglass Ridge Road follows the Tunnel Trail northeast. This route will wander up a wide dirt route along the mountainside to Mission Creek. Here you will cross a footbridge over the water before confronting an intersection. At the junction, veer right, and you will be diverted onto the Mission Canyon Catway. This path will wind up the cliffside before reaching yet another trail break. Keep right, and the Mission Canyon Catway will ultimately deliver you to an epic overlook.
Marvel in the beauty of the encompassing Mission Crags and the city of Santa Barbara below. On a clear day, you may even be granted views of the Channel Islands in the Pacific. After enjoying the scenery, retrace your footing back down the path to the trailhead.
Getting to the Spyglass Ridge Road Hike Trailhead
The Spyglass Ridge Road Hike departs from the Tunnel Trailhead off Tunnel Road.
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