Books on the Santa Barbara Coast & the Santa Barbara Mountains
Peppermint Lupine @ Figueroa Mountain Road
Santa Barbara is a coastal city in Santa Barbara County, California, of which it is also the county seat. Situated on a south-facing section of coastline, the longest such section on the West Coast of the United States, the city lies between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
In addition to being a popular tourist and resort destination, the city has a diverse economy that includes a large service sector, education, technology, health care, finance, agriculture, manufacturing, and local government.
The city is served by Santa Barbara Airport and train service is provided by Amtrak, which operates the Pacific Surfliner, which runs from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. The Santa Barbara area is connected via U.S. Highway 101 to Los Angeles (100 miles to the southeast) and San Francisco (325 miles to the northwest).
Behind the city, in and beyond the Santa Ynez Mountains, is the Los Padres National Forest, which contains several remote wilderness areas. Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary are located approximately 20 miles offshore.
Several map makers offer topographic hiking maps for the Ventana Wilderness Map, located on the super scenic Big Sur coast in California. Silver Peak Wilderness is to the south of Ventana, and usually included on the same map. Perfect for day hikes, overnight backpacking trips or just getting an impressive view of the Pacific Ocean.
If you plan on backpacking the Big Sur Coast, this is the California topo map you will need. This map covers both the southern section – Silver Peak Wilderness & the northern most Ventana hiking areas. This map covers everything south and east of Andrew Molera State Park over to Sierra de Salinas near Hwy 101, and southward to Ragged Point & Windy Point in the southern Big Sur coastline. Camp in coastal redwood groves, hike the trails with outstanding views over the Pacific Ocean, and play in the numerous fern lined creeks.
Map printed with vegetable oil based ink, on waterproof polypropylene plastic. Might be available from Los Padres USFS Ranger Stations. USDA printing 2007; Scale 1: 63 – ISBN# 9781593514655