Fox Mountain # 1 ( 5,167’ )
Location: Santa Barbara County, about 9 miles
south of Cuyama, 140 miles from Los Angeles
Date : Dec 11, 2019 10:17 ~ 14:10 ( 3h 53m )
Course : Trailhead (
10:17; 3250’ ) ~ Summit ( 12:13; 2.5 Miles; 5,167’ ) ~
Trailhead ( 14:10; 5.0
Miles; 2300’ Gain )
With : Sierra Club HPS
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Drive north on I-5 past the
Grapevine to the SR 166 off-ramp. Turn left (west).
- Head west 36.5 miles, passing
through Maricopa, to the junction with SR 33 south. This junction may be
reached by a slower route via SR 33 north from Ojai. (There is a junction
with SR 33 north in Maricopa that you will pass in Maricopa.) Turn left
- Go 2.7 miles to Foothill Road
on the right. Turn right (west).
- Go 2.1 miles, crossing the
Cuyama River, to the Santa Barbara Canyon Road (9N11) on the left. Turn
left, note your odometer, and go as follows:
- At 3.1 miles, just past a ranch
house, junction with a dirt road on the left and a paved road on the right
with a sign "Santa Barbara Canyon Road". Turn right.
- At 7.5 miles, fork with Santa
Barbara Ranch visible ahead. Go right and cross a creek. The pavement
- At 9.5 miles, a cattle guard
and gate. Gate may be closed. Check with Mt. Pinos Ranger district, Chuchupate
station, for status.
- At 10.0 miles, an obscure dirt
road appears on the right. Turn right (west) on this road a few yards to a
turn-around, suitable for overnight car camps. Park here.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (3250'),
hike across the streambed and head west-northwest directly up the ridge.
An occasionally obscure use trail leads in a generally northwest direction
up the ridge and over bump 5000'. The use trail is usually on the south
side of the ridge.
- From this point the trail runs northwest
past a shallow saddle, across elevation 5038', down into another saddle,
and up another bump (5080'+).
- From here hike cross-country
toward the left (west) summit, which is the peak.
the Cuyama River is impassable, return to the junction of SR 166 and SR 33 and
go as follows:
- Go west on SR 166 for 4.7 miles
to a bridge over the Cuyama River, and an immediate junction past the
bridge, on your left. This is Kirschenmann Road (paved). Turn left.
- Continue 2.4 miles to the end
of Kirschenmann at Foothill Road. Turn left (east).
- Drive 3 miles to Santa Barbara
Canyon Road on the right (south). Turn right and continue as above.