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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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    • 01 Jan 2018
    • (PST)
    • 29 Aug 2018
    • (PDT)
    • 104 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. 

    • 04 Jan 2018
    • 30 Aug 2018
    • 69 sessions
    • See event details (Hendry's Beach)

    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.

    • 20 Jul 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • East Camino Cielo

    No hike if raining.  Bring plenty of water.


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

    Forbush Flat – 8:30AM.  THIS IS A NEW HIKE.  This is actually the continuation of the Cold Springs Trail on the far side of Camino Cielo.  The trail goes all the way to the Santa Ynez River, but we will only be taking it to a small campground named Forbush Flat.  Fred Forbush was a homesteader who built a cabin there around 1910.  It is now a small camping area, and all that remains of the homestead are the meadow and a few aging apple trees.  The area was unaffected by the Thomas Fire, but this section of Camino Cielo remained closed until the beginning of June. 

    From the trailhead, we descend down the north slope of the Santa Ynez Mountains past a bench and down along the canyon wall.  There are beautiful views of Blue Canyon, the Santa Ynez Mountains, and the San Rafael Mountains in the distance.  We turn around at the campground and Gidney Creek, which has water in it part of the year.  There are also options for longer hikes.  The trail splits at the campground—the right fork leads to Cottam Camp and Blue Canyon, while staying on the Cold Springs Trail takes one to the Santa Ynez River.

    The hike to Forbush Flat is 4 miles roundtrip with an elevation loss/gain of 1000 feet.  Please note:  This hike goes downhill to Forbush Flat and then back uphill to the parking area, so you will be working harder on the way back.  The top 1/3 of the hike is in the open, but the remainder has a lot of shade.  The trail is narrow in places but is in good shape and not too steep.  Hiking time: approx. 2 hours.

    Directions: (Carpool available--see below).  You are headed to the top of Gibraltar Road.  From 192, go north, (to the mountains) at Sheffield Reservoir on Mountain Dr.  Go 1/2 mile to where the street trifurcates, the middle road is Gibraltar Rd.  Go 1/2 mile to a stop sign and turn left on to the continuation of Gibraltar Rd.  Travel 7 miles up Gibraltar.  When you reach the top, turn right on E. Camino Cielo.  Travel 3.6 miles east on Camino Cielo until you reach a parking area on the right side of the road next to a large cement water tank.  The drive up Gibraltar is 15-20 minutes plus another 10 minutes to the trailhead, so consider this in your planning as the hike is at 8:30am.

    Carpool Option: If you prefer not to drive up Gibraltar, you can ride with a carpool from the Mission.  We will leave there promptly at 8:00am.  Meet in the front parking area by the drive.

    Hike leader: Dave Ellenberger

    Hope to see you there!


    • 20 Jul 2018
    • 2:15 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Glen Annie Golf Club

    Join us Friday, July 20 for a 2:15 shotgun start at Glen Annie Golf Club.  As usual, we will have a scramble format, with prizes for the winning team, longest drive, and closest to the hole. After the round, stick around to visit with old and new friends.

    Every level of golfer is welcome.  The event is open to Newcomers and Graduates.

    DO NOT REGISTER ON THE WEBSITE.  Confirm your registration directly with Ken Rosenzweig at sbncfore@gmail.com. 

    • 21 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Santa Barbara Area

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

    Saturday, July 21, 2018


    Coal Oil Point Reserve - Devereux Slough

    (Isla Vista)

    A haven for shorebirds, ducks and herons, the Slough is a seasonally flooded tidal lagoon. We will follow a level jogging trail along the bluffs overlooking a ribbon of beach and the Pacific, and then a short woodlands trail leading to a paved road that skirts the Slough. Bring binoculars and/or spotting scopes. Afterwards, we will continue socializing at a local coffee spot.

    This is a relaxing walk of approximately 3 miles over even terrain, with opportunities to extend the hike further alongside the Slough or with a beach walk past plover nesting grounds.

    Dogs are allowed. There is one portable toilet near Coal Oil Point.

    No need to register. Just show up. Downpour cancels, but we’ll proceed in light rain.

    Directions: 101 North to Glen Annie Rd. / Storke Rd. exit in Goleta. Turn left on Storke, drive 1.3 miles to El Colegio Rd. Turn left and drive 0.2 miles to Camino Corto. Turn right and go 0.5 miles to Del Playa Drive. Turn right and park in grove of eucalyptus trees at the end of the street or on one of the neighboring side streets. Parking is adequate but demand is high, so carpooling is always a good option.

    Questions? Contact sharp@sbnewcomers.org

    • 22 Jul 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Santa Barbara
    Registration is closed

    Explore Refugio and El Capitan State Parks and the surrounding areas.  This ride has a lot of variety with spectacular coastal views, winding rural canyon roads, beaches, campgrounds, class one bike paths with rolling hills.  

    As always we will have multiple routes. Please register for the ride and let us know which route option you intend to ride: both options start at the Refugio exit. 

    Directions to Starting Point: Get off the 101 at the Refugio exit and park on the dirt as you start to go north on Refugio Rd.  Option “A” total of 20+ Miles 1200+ ft of elevation, (moderate to difficult), and Option “B” 12 Mile (Easy).

    Option A: Starts 8:30 at Refugio exit.  Ride up Refugio Canyon road, 4.1 mile with 450ft of elevation to the Circle Bar B Guest Ranch. Where there is a turn of century guest ranch that has been handed down through 4 generations.  For the strong riders, they can continue for another 3.8 miles and 1,800ft of elevation gain (20% grade in some spots). Other’s may wish to stop for coffee.  At 9:50 we start our descent back to meet up with the Option “B” group.

    Option B: Starts 9:30ish at Refugio exit.  After meeting up with the Option “A” group at their cars, we will explore Refugio State Park with breathtaking coastal views along the parks bike paths: Ride south through the park on bike trails towards El Capitan State Park 3.5 miles round trip. We then cross under the freeway and ride along Calle Real (north side of the freeway frontage road) to El Capitan State Park approx. 2 miles. The Road continues for 500ft and ends at a Class 1 bike path continuing south along the rolling hills for a mile or two. Note there is a 20 percent incline for those who feel like trying it.  We then cross over to El Capitan State Park and ride north along the bike path weaving through the campgrounds with beautiful coastal views, and coming back along the park roads.  We will have lunch at the at El Capitan Canyon resort/campgrounds (A private campground just inland from the State Park), good sandwiches and soups. Then we return to our cars along Calle Real frontage road.

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

    We hope you can make the ride.

    • 27 Jul 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Santa Barbara Riviera

    No hike if raining.  Bring plenty of water.

     Photo of Franceschi Park - Santa Barbara, CA, United States

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

    RIVIERA URBAN HIKE – 8:30am.  This hike was very popular the first time, so we're doing it again. Hike the Riviera with a resident!  We walk a short way east on Almeda Padre Sierra (APS) to Aborlado Road, to Roble Road, and to Loma Media Road.  We then traverse up to Las Alturas Road and travel on Las Alturas to the top of the Riviera.  We walk the top of the Riviera on Mission Ridge Road for a short distance and go on Hillcrest Road to Franceschi Road. Here we pass across Franceschi Park to Mission Ridge Road again.  We then cut through “The Encanto Resort” to El Encanto Road and move quickly onto Lasuen Road which feeds back to Dover Road where our cars are. 

    The hike is about 5 miles and goes up and down throughout the Riviera with magnificent views of homes, islands, ocean, and mountains.  The elevation change is perhaps 700-800 feet, making this a relatively easy hike.

    DIRECTIONS.  Park on Dover Road at Sylvan Park, just off of Alameda Padre Serra.  You can set your GPS address for 1321 Dover Road, Santa Barbara.  There is additional street parking in the neighborhood.

    HIKE LEADER: Bo Kite

    Hope to see you there!

    • 28 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Obern Trail and Modoc Road
    Registration is closed

    For those that want a longer ride we will start at 8:15 a.m. at Shoreline Park, on the Mesa (intersection of Shoreline Drive and La Marina) riding through Hope Ranch and meeting up with the rest of the group at the start of the Obern trail. Approximately 35 Miles round trip with hills. Approximately 1325 total elevation gain. (Moderate to Difficult)  

    For those who want a little less you can start at 9:00 a.m. at the beginning of the Obern Trail at Modoc Road (intersection of Modoc Road and Encore Drive, about 0.2 miles southeast of the intersection of Modoc and Hollister).  Ride the Obern trail to UCSB, then through the campus to Sandpiper Golf Course. Approximately 20 Miles roundtrip.

    Let us know if you are riding and where you will start by completing the Doodle Poll: Yes, I am Riding!

    Helmets required! Bring lots of water.

    Join the SBNC Strava Group



    • 03 Aug 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Tunnel Road Trailhead

     No Hike if Raining. Bring plenty of water

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


    Inspiration Point from Mission Canyon – 8:30am at the Trailhead; allow a little extra time to walk up from the parking areas.   We’ve often hiked to Inspiration Point on the Jesusita Trail, but this hike takes us there from the opposite direction.  There should be enough parking within a half mile of the trailhead (see the instructions below), but carpooling is still encouraged (we will not carpool from the Mission).

    We begin at the trailhead gate (at the end of Tunnel Road).  The hike follows Mission Canyon, crosses Mission Creek, and meets the Jesusita Trail.  Jesusita travels up to Inspiration Point, elevation 1750’, that offers sweeping vistas of the Pacific.  On the way, there is the option to climb a short distance on a less maintained path up to Seven Falls, but this involves some bouldering so most of us will just stay on the trail.  Total distance: 3.7 miles.  Elevation gain: 800 feet.  Difficulty: Moderate.

    DIRECTIONS: Set your GPS for 1601 Tunnel Road, which is where the trailhead is located.  From the Mission, take Mission Canyon Road north towards the mountains for 0.6 miles to Foothill Road and turn right.  Drive 0.2 miles to Mission Canyon Road and turn left.  Continue 0.3 miles and bear left at the split onto Tunnel Road.  The trailhead is about 1.1 miles up Tunnel Road.

    PARKING: There are about 15 parking spots near the trailhead and they fill up, so below are some additional parking turnouts along Tunnel Road.  Arrive a little early so you get a good spot and/or have time to walk up to the trailhead.  NOTES: 1) All parking areas are on the right side as you drive UP Tunnel Road.  2) There is a turnaround area at the trailhead if you need to drive back down to a parking place. 3) Park with your tires outside of the white line--if you park on or over the line, you may get a ticket.

    Here are some parking areas along Tunnel Road, in the order of proximity to the trailhead.

    • 0.0 mi.   15 spaces near the trailhead
    • 0.1 mi.   6 spaces by the porta-potty
    • 0.3 mi.   4 spaces near a curve by telephone pole BF49745
    • 0.4 mi.   2 spaces near the green mailbox
    • 0.4 mi.   4 spaces just after the Memory Lane
    • 0.5 mi.   3 spaces just before Memory Lane
    • 0.6 mi.   3 near Tunnel Ridge Road

    Hike Leader: Chip Gierhart

     Hope to see you there!


    • 12 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Santa Barbara Area

    Social Hiking At a Relaxed Pace


    Sunday, August 12, 2018 
    9:00 AM

    East Beach to Montecito's Oceanfront

    This scenic hike takes us from Santa Barbara’s vibrant beach scene to Montecito’s elegant oceanfront. Highlights include a bird refuge, a verdant pedestrian-only walkway, and several renowned Montecito landmarks:  Butterfly Beach, The Biltmore, and the lush grounds of the Music Academy of the West. Plus, some surprises along the way (oink, oink). If you’ve ever purchased a Beanie Baby, come see what Ty Warner did with your money.

    Total hike distance about 3.75 miles round trip, mostly paved.  Brief stretch of uphill road and a couple of staircases.  Dogs on leash are welcome.  After the hike, we will gather at East Beach Grill for no-host refreshments.

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

    Directions: Meet on the Santa Barbara oceanfront at the intersection of East Cabrillo Boulevard and Ninos Drive.  Parking available along East Cabrillo Boulevard (free) or in paid lots at East Beach (the east side of the Cabrillo Bathhouse, adjacent to the beach volleyball courts).

    Questions? Email sharp@sbnewcomers.org

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