Green Grass Mountain

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Green Grass Mountain
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By Tom Modugno of Goleta History & Goleta Surfing

Last April, we took to the hills to enjoy the green of Spring and golden Poppies. We knew it wouldn't last long. Grass Mountain is that big pyramid that you can see from most of the Santa Ynez Valley, and you can tell when there's a good bloom going. What you can't tell is how steep it is. Whoever made the trail had evidently never heard of cutbacks, because that sucker goes straight up. It's a great workout though, and the views from the top are phenomenal, with or without wildflowers. We even had the rare bonus of finding a Horned Lizard, or Horny Toad as we've always called them. Unfortunately, I realized when we got back to the car that I had lost my cell phone halfway up the mountain, and had to return the next day for a retrieval mission. Bonus workout!

All good though, and a beautiful place to have to search for a cell phone. We are lucky to live in this area.

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two abbys Jun 03, 2018 07:05 PM
Green Grass Mountain

I'm with Flicka, the photo of the beautiful dog looking off at the lovely view is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

MissBleu Jun 03, 2018 04:20 PM
Green Grass Mountain

Thank you Tom Modugno... truly uplifting... We appreciate immensely!

pii Jun 03, 2018 10:22 AM
Green Grass Mountain

You can get to Grass Mountain from the Cat Road, just beyond Tunnel Road. It may be longer, but not steep. If the road is not blocked, you can drive at least part of the way.

tagdes Jun 04, 2018 07:35 PM
Green Grass Mountain

Catway is shown as Zaca Ridge Rd. on Google maps

tagdes Jun 04, 2018 07:31 PM
Green Grass Mountain

Tunnel is the first right after the Ranger Station and is on Google maps and Cat is actually Catway Rd named for the Edison catway ( service road ) about another 1,000' on the left.

tagdes Jun 04, 2018 07:31 PM
Green Grass Mountain

Tunnel is the first right after the Ranger Station and is on Google maps and Cat is actually Catway Rd named for the Edison catway ( service road ) about another 1,000' on the left.

a-1573767395 Jun 04, 2018 11:50 AM
Green Grass Mountain

Cat Road? Tunnel Road? None of these are on any official map... can you be more specific? Nearest roads using Google to Grass Mountain are Zaca Rd and Zaca Ridge Rd both of which are private and gated.

a-1573767395 Jun 03, 2018 10:11 AM
Green Grass Mountain

Fantastic photos! Nice to see allllll of the green grass and colorful flowers. And thanks also for letting us know about that being an off-leash area - had no idea. We are always looking for new places to bring our pups "Bruno" and "Sandy" where we can let them run and play without being tethered.

Flicka Jun 03, 2018 09:49 AM
Green Grass Mountain

Beautiful photos, Tom. Thanks. My favorite is the German Shepherd sitting in the field of grass and poppies looking off into the distance.

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