Romero Canyon Sierra Club Hike
By Robert Bernstein
We had a happy group of ten hikers for my Romero Canyon Sierra Club loop hike on Sunday July 14.
Here are all my photos!
This was the first time I led this hike since June 2016, three years ago. I was concerned how things would be since the fire and mud flow, but things were in surprisingly good condition overall. It was clear that a lot of work was done by Montecito Trails Foundation and other volunteers to make it all passable.
Some areas were mostly unchanged. But other areas were dramatically changed. The lowest part of the canyon was much wider than before. And the first bridge on the fire road was completely wiped out. I was pleasantly surprised, though, that all the other bridges on the fire road had survived!
Some areas on the Romero Trail that used to be woodsy are now opened up to the sky. Other areas are still woodsy. Notable: Quite a few beautiful Humboldt Lilies along the way. Thanks to Dale and Aanjelae for pointing out and identifying the local plants and flowers.
Other areas were more like this, opened up to the sky after the torrential water and mud flow opened up the creek (see top header photo).
We ascended about 1400 feet on the Romero Trail and got to the first crossing of the Romero fire road. This hike usually descends awhile on the fire road before stopping for lunch. But with the hot sun and little shade on the fire road we decided to have an early lunch at 11AM at that first junction where it is shady.
You can see the blanket of coastal fog below that stayed all day near the beach.
Here are my photos from when I led this hike three years ago for comparison.