Tag Archives: Pine Mountain

Finding Frontier in the Forest Conquered

“Superficially, the world has become small and known. Poor little globe of earth, the tourists trot round you as easily as they trot round the Bois or round Central Park. There is no mystery left, we’ve been there, we’ve seen … Continue reading

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Pine Mountain and Zaca Lake Forest Reserve (1898)

Zaca Peak left of center, as seen from Figueroa Mountain on June 14, 1937. (credit: J.E. Patterson) “As a result of his 1903 visit to California, Roosevelt was to create the Santa Barbara National Forest out of the Pine Mountain … Continue reading

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Camping Out in California: Pine Mountain Narrative (1887)

A man by the name of John R. G. Hassard wrote the following narrative of his “camping expedition of sixty-eight days” in the Ventura County backcountry of California. As an aside, Ventura County was created on January 1, 1873 and … Continue reading

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The Pine Mountain Punisher: 22 Mile Day Hike

The trail outline of the route taken through the Los Padres National Forest and Sespe Wilderness. “Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.” —Steven Wright, comedian 22 miles—7000’+ combined elevation gain & loss—sections of ankle to thigh deep … Continue reading

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Piedra Blanca

Piedra Blanca sandstone formation. Pops came to visit for Thanksgiving. Last time he came to stay I dragged him along on a five mile hike through intermittent driving rain showers out in the hinterlands of San Luis Obispo County. This … Continue reading

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