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Do you love being active outdoors? Whether hiking, cycling, walking the waterfront or sailing, our members get together for fun outdoor activities each week. 

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    • September 04, 2018
    • February 28, 2019
    • 49 sessions
    • Hendry's Beach (See event details)

    Join us at Hendry's Beach (aka Arroyo Burro Beach County Park) every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8:45. We walk the beach, visit, make new friends and catch up with old friends, spot whales and dolphins and get fresh air and exercise. Some of us walk fast, and some of us stroll. Then we gather at the picnic tables and visit some more. Sometimes there is food to share. 

    Contact stridebythetide@sbnewcomers.org with any questions.


    Beach/Arroyo Burro is just west of the intersection of Cliff Drive and Las Positas Rd. (exit 100 on freeway). There is a large parking lot. We meet at the top of the stairs next to Boathouse at Hendry's Beach restaurant, 2981 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara. The restaurant is located at the end of the parking lot right next to the ocean.

    • September 05, 2018
    • (PDT)
    • February 27, 2019
    • (PST)
    • 75 sessions
    • Meet at Char West on the Wharf

    Please join our group of 30 to 50 walkers, consisting of Newcomers, Graduates, and longtime Santa Barbara residents, as we walk along the waterfront.

    There's no need to register.  The Stearns Wharf Walking Group starts and ends at Char West near the Ice Cream Shop (MWF).  Parking is free that time of day.  Enjoy time with the group for coffee at Francisco's Char West.

    We start walking promptly at 8:00am and walk at our own pace while visiting with fellow walkers. The group walks about 3 miles which takes 45 minutes to an hour depending upon your pace. 

    • January 18, 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • Buena Vista Trail Head


    Rescheduled tentatively March 9th, 2019

    This hike begins at the Buena Vista trailhead on Park Lane, goes to the end of the Buena Vista trail, goes left at a split to a little uphill connector to meet the Romero Catway, then goes west downhill on the Romero Catway, meets the lower part of the San Ysidro trail, then goes east on the Old Pueblo trail to end near the start point on Park Lane.

    Total distance is ~2.9 miles, total elevation gain 850ft.

    This is a scenic loop, not difficult, hike with views of beautiful homes, ocean, canyons, valleys and creeks.  There are many extensions available for those wishing to make the hike longer and or harder. 

    Trailhead Google Maps

    Directions: From the 101, go north, toward the mountains, on San Ysidro to Hwy 192.  Go right on 192 for @.8mile, then take a left on Park Lane.  Go .3 miles and bear to the right to stay on Park Lane at Mountain Drive junction.  Go .6 miles further on Park Lane to the Buena Vista trailhead on the left. (Note: you will pass the Old Pueblo trailhead sign at .5mile--the hike’s end point). There is parking before and after the trailhead. 

    Hike Leader: Chip Gierhart

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    • January 19, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Ellwood Bluffs

    Social Hiking At a Relaxed Pace



    Saturday, January 19, 2019

    9:00 AM


    Ellwood Bluffs

    Join us as we hike the Ellwood Bluffs Trail at the Santa Barbara Shores County Park.  We will hike across flat grasslands and perhaps the most spectacular part of the hike is walking along an 80 foot cliff at the Pacific Ocean's edge.  Breath deeply as you take in the ocean views.  

    Dogs on leash are welcome.

    Minimal elevation gain. No rough terrain. No rush. Just nature, fun and conversation. 

    No need to register.  Just show up.  Downpour cancels, but we'll go ahead in light rain. Bring water and sunblock.  

    After the hike we will meet nearby to socialize.

    Directions: From Santa Barbara drive north on 101.  Exit at Glen Annie Road/Storke Road and turn left.  Drive 1/4 mile to Hollister Ave. and turn right. In 1.5 miles, turn left at the stoplight into the Santa Barbara County Park parking lot, directly across from Ellwood School. Park anywhere in the park's parking lot.

    Questions? Contact sharp@sbnewcomers.org

    • January 20, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • 3010 Roblar Ave Santa Ynez

    We will start at Roblar Winery (3010 Roblar Ave Santa Ynez,) in the heart of Santa Barbara wine Country, just off Highway 154 (San Marcos Pass Rd).  The route follows Roblar Avenue out to Baseline Rd to Happy Canyon Road (which is appropriately named).   We will pass Bridlewood Estates and East Valley Vineyards as we meander through a pastoral oak fill canyon with horse and cattle ranches … you’ll notice signs that say “Slow Horses” or ‘Slow Please (Cows and Calves on Road)”.  We will turn around and return along Happy Canyon Road coming back on Baseline Rd, cross over 154 to Refuguo Rd and head toward Los Olivos.  The Roblar Winery is at the intersection of Refuguo Rd and Roblar Rd.   After the ride, we will meet up at Roblar Winery for some woodoven pizza, charcuterie plates, and possibly a wine flight of their reserve wines.  

    Most of the ride is along rolling hills, and is relatively flat or a slight grade gradually working to a moderate to difficult grade as you continue up Happy Canyon Road.   It is very easy to adjust this ride for your level of riding and disposition of the day.

    All options start at 9:30 .  Let’s meet at 9:15 at Roblar Winery, please allow 45 Minutes drive from SB

    Yes, I plan to ride

    Option 1: Turn around before Happy Canyon Rd becomes too steep. Wait for the group to return or head back (the option is yours). 15-20 Miles Check out the Ride Map

    Option 2:  Continue up Happy Canyon Rd to the Yellow “ fire hazard warning sign” then turn around and head back to Roblar Winery.  25 Miles Check out the Ride Map

    Option 3:  Knock yourself out… ride to the top or all the way around to Figueroa Road, we’ll see you back at Roblar Winery. 40 Miles Check out the Ride Map

    Please let us know if you plan to ride and if you are going to grab a bite to eat after the ride.  

    Helmets required.  Have plenty of water with you. Rain postpones.

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    • January 25, 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • San Ysidro Trailhead

    San Ysidro Falls

    No hike if raining

    The trail heads up San Ysidro Canyon. This steep, narrow upper canyon is filled with small waterfalls and pools, ending at the 60-foot waterfall. We won't see a lot of water this time of year. 

    Hiking Distance: 3.7 miles round trip; Elevation gain: 1200 feet; Hiking Time: 2.5 hours (go at your pace).

    Trail map.

    For those interested, the trail continues up to Camino Cielo Road.  This second part is very picturesque, but all uphill and another 2 miles! 

    Google maps directions to the trailhead

    DIRECTIONS: Meet at the San Ysidro trail head on Mountain Drive just east of San Ysidro Ranch. From either direction, exit Fwy 101 at San Ysidro Rd and turn toward the mountains. Go 1.0 mile to East Valley Rd (CA 192) and turn right.  Continue 0.9 miles to Park Lane and turn left. Park Lane is easy to miss--as you get near it, you’ll see a “San Ysidro Creek” sign on your right, then look for nine closely spaced Eucalyptus trees on your left.  You’ll turn left after the last one.) Go 0.4 miles and as Park Lane turns right, you veer left onto East Mountain Drive. The trailhead is 0.2 miles ahead on the right.  Park on East Mountain Drive. 

     Hike Guide: Kevin Newman

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    • January 26, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    The goal of the Cycling Committee is to hold weekly social meetup rides that are open to cyclists of all levels and abilities. Our rides are typically designed to have multiple start points and route segments and a destination that will allow us to relax and chat with our fellow Newcomers and guests after the ride. These rides are 'No Drop', so no riders will be left behind. Whether you are a beginning rider or a Tour de France champion come out and join us as there will usually be something for everyone. Let us know you are riding by clicking the link below.

    Yes, I am Riding!

    This week's ride takes us down the coast to Carpinteria to the Coffee Bean on Linden Ave. There are two starting points (Shoreline Park 9:00AM or the Andree Clark Bird Refuge 9:15AM) and depending on your desire to add a few miles and enjoy the Gobernador loop, you can ride 19, 28 or 35 miles. The ride has a total ascent of 1371 ft and has a maximum elevation of 546 ft. Check out the Ride Map!

    Helmets required! Bring lots of water. Ride Cancelled if raining.

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    • February 01, 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • Hot Springs Trailhead

    No Hike If Raining.  Bring Plenty of Water.

    This is a Friday 8:30am meetup—no need to register.


    This is a variation of the Hot Springs Loop after the fire and floods.  We hike up Hot Springs, east to the McMenemy trail and north on the Saddle Rock.  We then take a lesser known connector trail SW back down the side of the Saddle Rock ridge line to the Old Hot Springs road.  We then turn left and continue south to the McMenemy trail, west to the Hot Springs trail and south the trailhead.  This loop is ~2.5 miles. Hiking Time: Approx. 2 hours (go at your pace). Difficulty: Moderate.  Optionally, you may wish to make a loop around the top of Hot Springs on a connector to Cold Springs trail, returning to the Hot Springs trail.

    Trail Head Google Maps

    DIRECTIONS: From either direction on Fwy 101, exit at Olive Mill Road and turn toward the mountains. Continue up Olive Mill Rd 1.0 mile, crossing East Valley Rd where name changes to Hot Springs Rd. After another 1.0 mile turn left on East Mountain Drive. Go 0.2 miles to trail head.  Six parking spaces on the right, more down the street on the left.

     Hike Leader: Chip Gierhart

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    • February 03, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Santa Barbara Area

    Social Hiking At a Relaxed Pace (S.H.A.R.P.)

    Sunday Feb 3, 2019


    Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens

    Entrance fee: $10 ($8 for 60+);  Free to Garden Members

    The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a great place to explore California's native plant diversity – and we’ll visit when the meadow wildflowers should be in bloom! The Garden's 78 acres encompass a variety of cultivated displays, stands of natural coast live oak, riparian woodlands, a redwood grove, an authentic Japanese teahouse, and the 1807 Mission dam and aqueduct system.

    Total hike distance is approximately three miles, with some hillside trails/walkways. Dogs on leash are welcome.

    No need to register. Just show up. Rain cancels. Bring water and sunblock.  Please note: Each attendee is responsible for her/his entrance fee.

    Directions: From Foothill Road (Route 192) turn onto Mission Canyon Road, traveling toward the mountains.  After driving approximately one mile, turn left at 1212 Mission Canyon Road into the Botanic Garden parking lot.  (Pass the parking lot exit and look for a large sign about 1/10 mile further on at the parking lot entrance.)  We will meet in the parking lot near the entry kiosk.

    Questions? Contact sharp@sbnewcomers.org