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California Central Coast - Cathedral Peak Trail

Hi ladies! I’m Jenny, and I’ll be leading this hike. This trail does include some class 2 climbing (scrambling). 

It’s 4.5 miles round trip, it’s an out and back trail with 2,293 ft in elevation gain. Well established use trail climbs from Mission Creek to La Cumbre Peak via Cathedral Peak. The scramble up along the rocky ridge includes some class 2 rock climbing. The route from the Tunnel Trailhead to the top is 4 miles that are often quite steep. The hike usually begins at Tunnel Trailhead, then follows the road up for a mile. Turn onto Jesusita (toward Inspiration Point) for a short time to the bottom of Mission Creek. Here, find the trail traveling steeply up the west side of the canyon north of Jesusita. The Three Pools portion of the 7 Falls and 3 Pools trail will break off to the right soon in the climb. The people thin out substantially after 2.5 miles at Arlington Peak. This trail can become brutally hot, even in winter, and combined with the steep aspect, requires more water than similar miles on other trails. Search and Rescue is called here too often for the underprepared. 

There is no water on the trail so make sure to bring at least 4L. We’ll be starting early, but it still can get hot because there is no shade, so make sure you come prepared with enough water. It’s marked as red because scrambling, the trail is not marked. I have a Garmin In-Reach I will have with me for the map. 

Also bring snacks! If you feel low on energy, it'll be good to have some quick fuel snacks with you. We will stop for a break at the top before heading down. We can also stop along the way as needed. 

If you are a registered member and have your punch card, don’t forget to bring it so I can initial it! If you’re not a registered member, you’re more than welcome to attend anyway! You can find out more about how to become one and get a punch card of your own here: 
I will not be handing out punch cards at this event. They’re available through purchase of a New Member Kit only. 

Cathedral Peak Trail
Trail Rating: RED: Strenuous hike, possible unmarked trail, elevation gain of 2,500+, altitude up to 9,500ft. Experienced hikers welcome, semi-experienced welcome if they plan on training beforehand!
Date: Febuary 17, 2019
Time: 7:00am – 11:00am
Distance: 4.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,293 ft
AllTrails Track: It’s out and back.
Water Required: 4L 

Dogs: No
Permits / Passes: No
Trailhead Address: 1498 Tunnel Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Kids: No
Men: No

***As with all GWH events, you must sign the GWH waiver before attending – it takes less than a minute to sign, and once you’ve signed it once you’re good to go for all future meetups***