Please note that  due to Covid-19, Santa Barbara County requires all of us to use caution when outdoors, to head outdoors in family groups only and to practice 6-feet of social distancing when encountering each other on the trail. Although masks are not currently required, we highly recommend them, especially when passing on single-track trails. Thank you!

The Do's and Don'ts of the Trails

Our network of trails in Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria attract hikers, bikers and horseback riders at all levels of proficiency.  While we embrace an HYOH (Hike Your Own Hike) philosophy that keeps you focused on your own enjoyment rather than in comparison to others, it's a mutual respect for everyone's hike that contributes to the enjoyment of the trails for everyone.  To ensure the trails are safe for all of us, here are a few tips of the trails to keep in mind.

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DO give uphill hikers, bikers and horses the right of way and move to the side if you are headed down.

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DON'T leave a trace, no one should know you were there.

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DO acknowledge other people on the trail, a simple smile and "hey" will do.

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DON'T venture off of the designated trails, leave the ecosystem undisturbed.

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DO keep your dog on a leash, especially when others are around, and always pick up their poo.

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DON'T leave food and waste behind, our animal friends don't need to eat it.

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DO check the weather before you hit the trail, wear appropriate clothing and bring appropriate gear.

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DON'T bathe in the creeks, soaps, shampoos and oils aren't good for them (even if they are "natural").

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DO stay hydrated, always bring your water bottle.

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DON'T camp, our trails do not provide designated or permitted camp sites.

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DO know your abilities and limitations and plan your trail time accordingly.

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DON'T blast loud music while on the trails or at the trailheads, everyone has a right to quietly enjoy the trails.

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DO hike with a buddy and always let someone know where you are headed.

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DON'T take unnecessary risks.

DO have a great time enjoying nature!

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