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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 Apr 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Arroyo Burro Trailhead

     No Hike if Raining. Bring plenty of water.

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


    Arroyo Burro Trail – Friday 8:30am.  The Arroyo Burro Trail is an historic trail. In the days before automobile travel, trails were the only way over the impenetrable mountain barrier between the coast and the interior. Arroyo Burro supplied a route for miners and other trades.  We will hike about 4 miles of the Arroyo Burro Trail with 1100' of elevation gain.

    The trail starts at the Cater Filtration Plant and follows the first part of the Jesusita Trail. It winds up 1/2 mile of paved road before going by some horse stables and a few beautiful homes, then climbs up through some lovely views of the Goleta coastline. The trail goes all the way up to the Camino Cielo for those interested!  The hike is Moderate to Strenuous and will take roughly 2.5 hours.

    DIRECTIONS:  Exit 101 at Las Positas and turn toward the mountains. Crossing State St., Las Positas becomes San Roque. Continue on San Roque past 192 (you can also get to San Rogue via 192).  Go 1/2 mile past 192 and park at the Cater Water Filtration Plant (the trail head for Jesusita).

    Hike Leader: David Grace

    Hope to see you there!

    • 20 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Glen Annie Golf Club

    Join us Friday, April 20 for golf, drinks, food, and fun at Glen Annie Golf Club. First tee time is 2:00 pm. We will have a scramble format, with prizes for the winning team, longest drive, and closest to the hole. After the round, hang out 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 Apr 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Ventura Harbor


    Come sail away on the paradisaical “Almost Paradise”, a 41 foot sloop.  Two hours of sailing out of Ventura Harbor with Captain Tom Benham will be followed by a post-sail celebratory dockside Happy Hour which will indeed BE paradise! 

    Sailing is complementary, but in exchange we ask that participants bring beverages and appetizers to share for Happy Hour. 

    Interested?  Email Tom Benham at benhamt@gmail.com.  Directions and details will be emailed.

    While no sailing experience is necessary, please let Tom know if you ARE a proficient sailor so we can factor it into our planning.  Thanks!

    • 22 Apr 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Shoreline Park

    The Ride starts at the Andree Clark Bird refuge at 9:30 am, with a stop for a break at the Garden Market on Santa Claus Lane in Carpinteria. 

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

    Option 1: This option is approximately 16 miles round trip. We will travel past Butterfly Beach, along Jamison Lane and Via Real to Padaro Lane ending at the Garden Market. (This is an easy, scenic route with very little elevation gain.)

    Option 2: This option adds about 8 miles and some hill climbing to our ride, as we trek up to Mountain Road via Middle Road, Sycamore Canyon Road and Cold Springs Road. (This portion is moderate to difficult with a three mile elevation gain to 850 feet.)

    There is parking at the Bird Refuge.

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

    Hope you can join us!  

    And sign up for the SBNC Strava group and support other Newcomer cyclists. Click her to sign up

    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Baron Ranch - Gaviota

    No hike if raining.  Bring plenty of water.

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


    BARON RANCH – 8:30am SATURDAY.  Baron Ranch is an old ranch located in Arroyo Quemado, so named due to the burning of a Chumash village in the canyon by a rival Chumash band in the 1770’s.  A cattle ranch for many years, County of Santa Barbara now owns the property which is open Saturday-Monday.  That’s why we’re hiking on Saturday instead of Friday.

    Baron Ranch offers a different kind of front country hiking than the front range above Santa Barbara, and receives a lot less foot traffic.  Using old ranch roads and ATV trails, we will pass by an apiary (bee yard), old citrus and avocado orchards, and a number of other features as we gradually climb in elevation towards the native habitats of the area.  This hike is less about spectacular views (although one can see the ocean from the high points) and more about experiencing the Gaviota back country. 

    We hike into the ranch along the entrance road.  Much of the first 2 miles is a very gradual, open climb, leading eventually to a steeper upper loop.  While the first part of the hike is exposed, we come to more forested areas as we move deeper into the ranch.  The trail is well marked, as many parts of the property are still off limits to the public.  Hiking Distance: 6+ miles round trip; Elevation gain: 1100 feet; Hiking Time: 2.5-3 hours (go at your pace); Difficulty: Moderate.

    Directions:  Take 101 west from Santa Barbara, past El Capitan State Beach.  When you reach the Refugio State Beach exit, travel another 2.2 miles on 101 to an unmarked exit on the right.  There is no off-ramp, so the turn comes up quick.  As you exit the freeway, make an immediate left onto the frontage road (Calle Real).  Proceed 0.8 miles to Baron Ranch gate (in the photo) and park just outside the gate.

     Hike Leader: Dave Ellenberger

    Hope to see you there!



    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Bates Road Parking Lot

    This event is sponsored by eBikezzz of Santa Barbara and will include experts to answer all of your questions about eBikes. This relaxed setting will provide an opportunity to get educated about the new technology and equipment that will enable you to bike far longer distances in much greater comfort while still enjoying the benefits of exercising outdoors. You can stop by to get information and there will also be bikes available to test ride – just around the parking lot or you can join the Newcomers Cycling Group ride at 9:30 am.

    We will meet at the Rincon Beach Park parking lot to check out the bikes, ask questions, and select a bike to test ride if you are interested.

    Note: There is no cost for this event but it is important to register to ensure that we have enough bikes for test riders. 

    Directions to eBike Demo:  Get off the 101 at the Bates Road, exit 83, just past Carpinteria.  When you get to the stop sign at the bottom of the off-ramp, go straight across the street to enter the parking lot.  It says Rincon Point.  We will be sharing the parking lot with plenty of surfers, since this is the jumping off point for the famous Rincon Beach (as in Surfing Safari, Beach Boys).   

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

    Hope you can join us!  





    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Santa Barbara Area


    Saturday, April 28, 2018

    9:00 AM

    Stevens Park

    Hike along San Roque Creek through a beautiful, oak and sycamore shaded park at the bottom of San Roque Canyon. An easy nature trail winds past bedrock mortars. These mortars are ancient holes that the Chumash Indians wore into the rock while grinding acorns into meal. Stop along the way in an open grassy meadow to take in views of Cathedral Peak. We will plan to take the route that comes out on San Roque and return - a 2-mile round trip, or go up to the picnic area if hikers want a longer stretch with more exercise.

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

    Dogs on leash are welcome.

    After the hike, join us for coffee.

    Directions: From Highway 101, exit Las Positas Road. Drive 1.2 miles north to Calle Fresno on the left, shortly after crossing State Street.  (Note that Las Positas Road becomes San Roque Road after crossing State Street.) Turn left on Calle Fresno and travel one block.  Turn right on Canon Drive. Quickly turn right again into the posted park entrance.  Park in the spaces provided.  If they are full, there is also on-street parking.

    Questions? Contact sharp@sbnewcomers.org

    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Bates Road to Faria Beach or Ventura Pier

    We will be riding along the beautiful Pacific Ocean, in what is a relatively flat and very enjoyable ride. Our planned departure is from the Bates Road Parking Lot off the 101 at 9:30 AM.  Please try to arrive by 9:15 AM so we can ready to roll on time.   

    Option 1: Stop for a break at Faria Beach, and return, for a total of 14 miles round trip.  The ride is 4 miles along the bike path next to the 101, with great views of the ocean and Channel Islands. Then it is past all the RVs.  Very smooth ride.  It’s flat, no hills. There is a snack shop at Faria Beach Park but is closed this time of year, so bring a snack.

    Option 2: After a brief stop at Faria, keep on riding to the Ventura Pier on Highway 1 (PCH). It is 28 miles round trip.  Along Highway 1, there is a good bike lane, very smooth, little traffic, then a long bike path into Ventura.  We’ll have some snacks and drinks at the Sandbox Coffeehouse in Ventura (204 E Thompson Blvd)  This is also a very flat ride.

    Option 3: For the truly adventurous who want a longer ride we can meet at the Andree Clark Bird Refuge at 8:15 AM to add an additional 24 miles round trip.

    Directions to Starting Point:  Get off the 101 at the Bates Road, exit 83, just past Carpinteria.  When you get to the stop sign at the bottom of the off-ramp, go straight across the street to enter the parking lot.  It says Rincon Point.  We will be sharing the parking lot with plenty of surfers, since this is the jumping off point for the famous Rincon Beach (as in Surfing Safari, Beach Boys).

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

    Hope you can join us!  






    • 04 May 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Jesusita Trailhead

    No hike if raining.  Bring plenty of water.