USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: Santa Barbara County, about 21 miles north-northwest of Ojai, 170 miles from Los Angeles
- Auto Club: Santa Barbara County
- Forest Service: Los Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts
- USGS Topo: Cuyama Peak 7½, Rancho Nuevo Creek 7½
explanation of usage
Nearby Peaks: Cuyama Peak (LO)
ROUTE 1 - Upper Tinta
(USFS Adventure Pass required)
- Distance: 11 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
- Gain: 3900' total, including 1600' on return
- Time: 7 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, strenuous
Original: Al Campbell, 1972
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Drive north on I-5 past the Grapevine to the SR 166 off-ramp. Turn
- Head west 36.5 miles, passing through Maricopa, to the junction with
SR 33 south.
(There is a junction with SR 33 north in Maricopa that
you will pass in Maricopa.) Turn left (south).
- Go 2.7 miles to Foothill Road on the right.
This intersection may also be reached by traveling north from Ojai or
from Lockwood Valley. Set odometer here, and turn
right (west) onto Foothill Road.
- Go 2.1 miles, then
turn left onto Santa Barbara Canyon Road (9N11).
- At 5.0 miles, turn right at an intersection just past a ranch house.
- At 9.3 miles, fork with Santa Barbara Ranch visible ahead. Go right
and cross a creek. The pavement ends.
- At 12.5 miles, turn left at Dry Canyon Road.
- At 18.0 miles an obscure gated road/trail on the right. Park here.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (4600'), hike down the right fork of the road past
the barrier about 1 1/4 miles to Upper Tinta Campground (4500').
- The Upper Tinta Campground is not shown on the Topo map and is no
longer maintained. The site is reached by a faint use trail that turns
south from the main trail into a grove of trees, along
here, hike southwest up a firebreak along the low ridge to the left (east)
of the campground. (Don't start up the inviting firebreak on the right!)
- Continue up the firebreak across the bump at 5300' (visible from the
campground) and up to the main (east-west) ridge at 5600'+.
- Turn right
(west) and go about 500 feet to the ridge running south. From here,
Lizard Head is visible as the 6th bump along this ridge.
- Follow the
firebreak along this ridge, going first south, then southeast.
- At the bump
just southeast of elevation 5562', there is is a wide, bare spot (former heliport). The firebreak ends here.
- Continue along the ridge another mile to the summit, which is a
large sloping rock outcrop.