Thursday, October 12: Backpacking and Hiking in the San Rafael Wilderness
Free lecture with James Wapotich
Co-sponsored by the Los Olivos Library.
Thursday, October 12, 7:30 p.m.
Santa Ynez Valley Grange.
2374 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos.
Featured photo of San Rafael Wilderness by James Wapotich
Join local author James Wapotich as he shares images and stories from his treks through our local backcountry. Ever changing, the Santa Barbara backcountry is a place of surprising diversity and rich beauty. It is also among the most remote wilderness areas in California. Within these natural lands, you’ll find waterfalls, quiet potreros, old homesteads, and miles of trails to explore. This talk will highlight some of the best trails and camps in and around the San Rafael Wilderness that can be used to craft backpacking trips and day hikes. James will also be available to answer questions on safety, equipment, and backpacking basics.
James has hiked many of the trails in the southern Los Padres National Forest. He is a Volunteer Wilderness Ranger with the Forest Service, and is the author of the Santa Barbara News-Press hiking column, Trail Quest.