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Hildreth Jeepway -


Overview
Access
Things to Know
On the Trail

Overview

Difficulty: Moderate • Mileage: 1-6
Elevation Gain: 1600 ft. • Location: Upper Santa Ynez River
Features: Car Camp, Out & Back
User Type: Hiking, Equestrian Trail, Mountain Biking, Dog Walking, Trail Running


Highlights

The Jeepway follows a long ridgeline for more than 6 miles before it ascends steeply to the top of Hildreth Peak. After the first half mile the hike is relatively moderate, with beautiful views out over Agua Caliente  and Mono canyons, and in the springtime hillsides filled with green grass and wildflowers. A fire access road leads down into Mono Canyon.

 

The Basics

  • Length : 1-6 miles; more for routes into other canyons.
  • Gain : 400’ during first half mile; 1600’ over the first 6.5 miles.
  • Difficulty : Moderate to strenuous
  • Path : Jeep road
  • Season : All year.
  • Restrictions : Multi-Use; you may encounter mountain bikes.
  • Canine : Ok for dogs off leash.
  • Admin : Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara District

Things to Look For

  • Points of Interest : Car Camp,Out & Back


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Difficulty: Moderate
Points of Interests: Car CampOut & Back
User Types: HikersEquestriansMountain BikersDog WalkerTrail Runners
Locations: Upper Santa Ynez River

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Hike Details



  • Length : 1-6 miles; more for routes into other canyons.
  • Gain : 400’ during first half mile; 1600’ over the first 6.5 miles.
  • Difficulty : Moderate to strenuous
  • Path : Jeep road
  • Season : All year.
  • Restrictions : Multi-Use; you may encounter mountain bikes.
  • Canine : Ok for dogs off leash.
  • Admin : Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara District

Access / Getting There

  1. Follow Gibraltar Road for 7 miles to Camino Cielo.
  2. Turn right on Camino Cielo and follow the crest road for 5.8 miles to Romero Saddle then drop down an additional 4.6 miles on a rough dirt road to the Santa Ynez River crossing where the road leading up to Jameson Reservoir takes off on the right.
  3. Continue past the crossing an additional 3.6 miles until you reach the P-Bar Flats car campground. The Hildreth Jeepway begins immediately to the right of the camp in a large meadow.

 

Things to Know

P-Bar Flats is a very nice place to camp, with a scattering of sites located beneath the oak trees. Not too far up the road you'll also find the trail leading up to Cottam Camp and Blue Canyon, both with small camps that offer easy access for an overnight backpacking trip.

Background

Trip Log

On The Trail

Unlike the Pendola Jeepway, this ridgeline hike is gentle enough to provide an enjoyable 1-6 mile long hike. The ridge is somewhat like a long finger reaching out from Hildreth Peak and once on top of it, you have views out over the entire Mono and Agua Caliente drainages. The ridge is especially nice in the early morning and evening, when the interplay of light and shadow create mysterious patterns and you are most apt to spot a deer or other wildlife.

From P-Bar Flats walk east several hundred yards to the beginning of the jeepway, which is on the other side of a fence. Look for the gate which marks the beginning of the road. The jeepway cuts up to the right, on top of the end of this long finger, then turns back to the left, gaining 600’ over the first half mile. Beyond this the climbing is much more gentle, as the road undulates for 3 miles up and over a series of knolls, eventually intersecting with another jeep road that drops down into Mono Creek.

You can continue on the ridge for another several miles before you reach the base of Hildreth Peak, where the jeepway becomes extremely steep.

 

On The Bike

On The Run

On The Walk


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Last Updated: Sunday, November 9, 2014