San Marcos Foothills New West Mesa Hike

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San Marcos Foothills New West Mesa Hike
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By Robert Bernstein

Al Sladek recently led a Sierra Club Friday morning hike at San Marcos Foothills. I asked if he could please take us through the new West Mesa area. This area had been set for development. Just in the nick of time the community came together and raised money to buy it to expand the San Marcos Foothills Preserve! Al obliged and took us for a tour of that area and on to the rest of the Preserve!

Here are all of my photos.

This sign greeted us to the new West Mesa area, noting the Chumash heritage of this land.We headed toward the mountains on the rather wide trail.Here was the view downhill toward the Channel.As we continued Al posed with Kenny on the left and Martin on the right with the mountains as a beautiful backdrop. You may recognize Kenny Learned for many years in the news as he was an entomologist with the Mosquito and Vector Management District of Santa Barbara County. He is one of my favorite hike leaders because he really knows the local plants and wildlife.We continued on…We looped back toward the main part of the Preserve and we were treated to this delightful view.Then this view.We made our way up a steep hill toward the overlook at the top.Here is a panoramic view from the overlook.Here is another view.
We posed for a group photo at the overlook as well!Somebody made this little offering at the overlook before we arrived.You can see all of the local upcoming Sierra Club hikes here!

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Julia Laraway Nov 17, 2021 02:48 PM
San Marcos Foothills New West Mesa Hike

Hurray!!! Looks like a lovely hike was had by all. Thank you for the photos and commentary.
So grateful that our community came together and managed to buy this amazing property!!!

Shasta Guy Nov 17, 2021 06:46 PM
San Marcos Foothills New West Mesa Hike

Very nice. This place is a real hidden gem. It’s right in the center of everything, great trails, and great views. Our Boy Scout Troop repeatedly came here earlier in the year with full backpacks to train for our 80 mile trek this summer. It’s just a great place to decompress. I really should drop by there after work to leave behind some of my stress before going home.

biguglystick Nov 18, 2021 11:01 AM
San Marcos Foothills New West Mesa Hike

SO grateful to everyone in our community who helped save this precious coastal open space!! The very LAST think Santa Barbara needs is more luxury homes.

sbrobert Nov 18, 2021 01:15 PM
San Marcos Foothills New West Mesa Hike

Foothills Forever is the organization that has done all the work of negotiating this preservation and collecting the money. They are still raising money for Phase 2 of the overall $20 million dollar campaign. Here is more information and a way to donate.

Thank you for all of the kind words about this community effort and about my photos of our little outing!

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