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 AND WEAR YOUR MASKS.
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 adventure 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.
DO give uphill hikers, bikers and horses the right of way and move to the side if you are headed down.
DO acknowledge other people on the trail, a simple smile and "hey" will do.
DO keep your dog on a leash, especially when others are around, and always pick up their poo.
DO check the weather before you hit the trail, wear appropriate clothing and bring appropriate gear.
DO stay hydrated, always bring your water bottle.
DO know your abilities and limitations and plan your trail time accordingly.
DO hike with a buddy and always let someone know where you are headed.
DON'T leave a trace, no one should know you were there.
DON'T venture off of the designated trails, leave the ecosystem undisturbed.
DON'T leave food and waste behind, our animal friends don't need to eat it.
DON'T bathe in the creeks, soaps, shampoos and oils aren't good for them (even if they are "natural").
DON'T camp, our trails do not provide designated or permitted camp sites and DON'T light any fires, candles included.
DON'T blast loud music while on the trails or at the trailheads, everyone has a right to quietly enjoy the trails.
DON'T ride your e-bikes on trails where they are prohibited or take unnecessary risks.
DO have a great time enjoying nature!