More Mesa Bluffs - Goleta

The Best Town Walks in Goleta & Fun Things to do in Goleta

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Mileage: 2 • Path: Dirt Path • Region: Goleta
User TypesWalks, Dog Walks, Family Friendly, Biking, Running, Photography, Birding, Historical, Kid Safe
Features: Historical

More Mesa is one of a number of open space areas that provides both recreation and important habitat for a varoety of species of birds and animals. The blufftop walk has a quiet feeling to it that makes it perfect for an evening walk at sunset or any other time of the day. By combining a number of trails on the Mesa it is possible to put together 2-3 mile loop hikes and to find a different way to walk through the area every time you visit.

Walk Details

  • Length : 1-2
  • Path Type : Dirt trails and roads.
  • Use Fees : None
  • Canine : OK for dogs on leash.
  • Administration : Most of More Mesa is privately owned with one 40 acres parcel managed by Santa Barbara County Parks.

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User Types: Hiker , Dog Walkers , Kids , Bicyclists , Trail Runners , Photographers , Bird Watchers , History Buffs , Families
Features : Historical
Region: Goleta

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Access / Getting There

  1. From Santa Barbara drive northbound on Highway 101 to the Patterson exit in Goleta.
  2. Turn left, cross over the freeway and drive 0.3 miles to Hollister. Continue on Patterson 1 mile to the start of the trail, which is located just before the road turns sharply to the right and heads up a steep hill.
  3. You will need to turn around to park.


Things to Know

One of the major milestones in the history of the Goleta Valley occurred when T. Wallace More completed a 900 foot long, 35 foot wide wharf along what is now the More Mesa bluffs. It was located approximately a half mile east of the Goleta Slough, and provided a major economic boost to the community.

More was the grandfather of the late News-Press publisher Thomas M. Storke (the M. stood for More). T. Wallace and his brother John energetically developed the wharf business, mining asphaltum themselves from the nearby cliffs for export, and shipping cattle and produce for ranchers and farmers who lived nearby.

Unfortunately for the More brothers, their days of prosperity were not long lived. T. Wallace was ambushed and killed at his ranch in Ventura County not too long afterward and once the railroad was completed through the Santa Barbara area in 1887, the wharf business was doomed. When a fierce storm destroyed a portion of the wharf in March, 1889 John quickly repaired it but as business diminished so did the efforts at maintaining the structure. 

Today, if you are waking on the beach at the lowest of low tides you may be lucky enough to spy some of the old pilings, but otherwise the last remains of the old wharf have disappeared.


On The Walk

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Last Updated: Sunday, November 9, 2014