*Co-VID Update: You need to make reservations and the number of people is limited each day. It is still open on the first and third weekends (Saturday and Sunday) as well as Mondays and Wednesdays.*
The Arroyo Hondo Preserve is a little known area protected by the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County. It is open on the first and third Saturdays of the month for the community. Before CO-VID, there were docent led tours at 10 am, but you can also explore on your own. Advanced reservations are required, but are very simple to make with an email.
There are many trails from here. The first time we went we took the docent tour which was 3 miles. The second time we followed West Creek Trail up to Bear Crossing, then headed back down Bear Trail. This was just over one mile.
Directions: It is about 25 minutes from Goleta. Take 101N. About 4 miles after Refugio Beach, turn right into a driveway (just after call box 101-412). If you reach Gaviota State Park, you have gone too far.
Trail Rating: Easy
Distance: 1 mile (or more)
Time: 25 minutes
Nearby attractions: Gaviota State Beach and Refugio State Beach
More information: http://www.sblandtrust.org/portfolio-item/arroyo-hondo-preserve/
|West Creek Trail|
|Arroyo Hondo Creek|
|Plank Creek Crossing|
|West Creek trail|