A ride starting at Live Oak Campground, gateway to the Los Padres Forest lands adjacent to Lake Cachuma, fording the Santa Ynez river and exploring the canyons and valleys above the lake. Behind Santa Barbara, Southern California.
Length: 6.9 miles
Duration: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy. Side-by-side and single file, rolling hills with gradual climbs, lots of creek crossings with ankle-deep water.
Altitude gain: 980 ft
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Splashing through the sparkling water, time to go home and be ready to return another day to this marvelous slice of history, preserved and protected from development, a magic glimpse into the landscape that is what people came to California for.