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California Trails

Santa Barbara, CA: Cathedral Peak

Climb a 3,333-foot sandstone spire just four miles north of Santa Barbara.

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From Mission Canyon, hike northeast past chaparral and crest the Dragon’s Back, a steep ridgeline punctuated with gargantuan boulders. At the top, follow a use trail along the summit ridge to a short scramble ending with bird’s-eye views of neighboring Santa Ynez peaks and the Channel Islands.

Waypoints

CATH001

Location: 34.469097, -119.707074

The route begins at the trailhead on Spyglass Ridge Road.

CATH002

Location: 34.486573, -119.716816

Cathedral Peak (3,333 ft.)