San Rafaels James Wapotich

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

Crossing Manzana Creek. Photo 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.

Photo courtesy of James Wapotich.

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.