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Where to hike and bike: guides to Santa Barbara County.

Where to hike and bike: guides to Santa Barbara County

The Santa Ynez Range, the San Rafael, the Sierra Madre: the mountains of Santa Barbara County are among the most beautiful in Southern California, which is probably why numerous Hollywood types (and one prominent resident of Pennsylvania Avenue) have found refuge there.

The new Santa Barbara County Recreastional Map Series can help you explore this back country. The 22- by 27-inch maps aren't topographic, but they do show major peaks, streams, trails, and campgrounds. On the back are trail descriptions, natural history, and local lore. The series has four maps:

1. San Rafael Wilderness and Vicinity covers the 149,000-acre wilderness north of Santa Barbara. Overnight campers cluster in the Manzana Creek drainage; the more ambitious head north to the Sisquoc River and Hurricane Deck.

2. A Hiker's Guide to the Santa Barbara Front Country focuses on day-hikes in the Santa Ynez Mountains immediately behind Santa Barbara and Montecito.

3. A Hiker's Guide to the Dick Smith Wilderness covers trails in the 64,000-acre wilderness in eastern Santa Barbara and western Ventura counties. Backpackers will find rugged scenery, few people.

4. Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Routes takes fat-tire aficionados on national forest fire roads in the Santa Ynez Mountains and upper Santa Ynez Valley.

Each was designed by Ray Ford and published by McNally and Loftin, 5390 Overpass Rd., Santa Barbara 93111; (805) 964-5117. They're available for $2.95 at book and camping supply stores or by mail from the publisher. (Californians need to add 6 percent sales tax.)

One example: taking a view-rich hike behind Santa Barbara

The Arroyo Burro Trail hike described in the Santa Barbara Front Country map offers superb views of the Santa Ynez Valley. From U.S. 101 in Santa Barbara, take State Highway 154 north 8 miles to E. Camino Cielo; turn east. Continue 4 miles until you see dirt Arroyo Burro Road on the left.

This road marks the start of your hike; walk north along it for 1/4 mile until you see the actual trail branching off to the left. From here, you descend 3 1/2 miles to White Oaks Camp and the Santa Ynez River. Return the way you came.

Two provisos: bring water, and watch for poison oak (leafless this time of year, its gray twigs are still potent). To check on trail conditions, call the Los Padres National Forest's Santa Barbara Ranger District office at (805) 967-3481.

Photo: New map series aids in exploring Santa Barbara wildernesses, foothills, mountain bike routes

Photo: Expansive view of fog-softened Santa Ynez Valley spreads behind hiker near start of Arroyo Burro Trail
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