Trails & Ales January 28th. Let's meet and greet.

Save the Dates

Join in for the next Trails & Ales gathering. This is a great way to meet people who are interested in all aspects of nature-based recreation. All groups representing hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners, equestrians and other users of trails are invited. We also invite environmentalists and staff from government agencies that manage the open spaces we love to explore.

Volunteering is a great way to support our trails, parks and open spaces. As you know, volunteering is a rewarding way to give back in exchange for the use of a community resource. Additional volunteering opportunities sponsored by a coalition of trail focused organizations are posted here.

Trails & Ales Happy Hour @ Villa Wine Bar & Kitchen


RSVP to Trails and Ales EventJoin us on Wednesday for a social gathering to tell tall tales about trails with ales at the Villa Wine Bar & Kitchen. We will be enjoying the Villa's Happy Hour picks featuring a revolving menu of German and Bavarian lagers, craft beers and ales, wine and food. Villa has generously offered to extend Happy Hour discount pricing on beer and wine to 6:30pm. They are also providing a $50 gift certificate which will be raffled off at 6:30pm. Get a free ticket for the Raffle when registering at the event. To raise funds for Phase 3 of the Franklin Trail, the section of the trail that goes through the Los Padres National Forest, additional raffle items have been offered by supporters. Raffle tickets will be available for $1 each.  If you are not able to attend please consider making a donation online or by mail.

Along with the Trails Council, this event is co-sponsored by Friends of Franklin Trail, Los Padres Forest Association and The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County.

Villa Wine Bar and KitchenWednesday, January 28th,
5pm - 6:30pm
Villa Wine Bar & Kitchen 
619 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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In addition to the $50 gift certificate from Villa Wine Bar and Kitchen raffle ticket winners will get a choice of the following.

Alite Shifter BackpackAlite Designs Shifter Backpack

All in attendance will receive a chance to win an Alite Designs backpack. The San Francisco based company has provided a handsome pack in support of completing the Franklin Trail. The Shifter Pack is a multi-purpose 31 liter pack that is designed to fit the needs of urban commuters and day trippers alike. ($135 value)

Wildflowers of the Santa Barbara Foothills

With beautiful photographs of 42 Santa Barbara wildflowers and descriptions, this book is a wonderful resource for all trail users. Increase you wildflower IQ with this handsome book.
Hardcover, 104 pages.

Donated by: David Powdrell & Hugh Margerum

Two Tickets to the Land Trust's Spring Event

Here is a chance to win two $25 tickets to the upcoming Spring Event offered by the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County. The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County protects natural resources, agricultural land and open spaces for the benefit of present and future generations.

Donated by: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County

A Field Guide to Common Plants
of the Santa Barbara Foothills

With beautiful photographs of over 50 common plants that line the sides of the trails along that Santa Barbara front country, this book is a wonderful resource for all trail users. With a 5" x 7" format it is easy to pack and carry with you on all your adventures. Softcover, 120 pages.

Donated by: David Powdrell & Hugh Margerum

Dick Smith & Matilija Wilderness Map

The Dick Smith Wilderness and Matilija Wilderness are both within the Los Padres National Forest and are located in the mountains roughly between Santa Barbara, Ventura and the Cuyama Valley. This is a must have map for anyone living in Santa Barbara County. Printed map, 28" x 31.5" Full color. 

Donated by cartographer: Bryan Conant

If you are not able to attend please consider making a donation by mail or online. For more information contact Mark Wilkinson, 805.708.6173

Gaviota State Park | Tunnel Connector Trail Maintenance 


The Trails Council is the lead sponsor for a day of trail maintenance on the Tunnel Connector Trail that runs underneath 101 HWY. The date is Saturday, January 31st.  You may not have even known that this trail existed? Help us open up a route that leads to a tunnel that goes under 101 HWY to connect the east and west portions of the park. All volunteers will be treated to a delicious lunch after our work is completed to reward you for your efforts.

Gaviota State ParkDetails: Outdoor Volunteers

9am - 3pm 

Gaviota State Park

Meet at the Gaviota State Park parking lot just past Vista de las Cruces School.(near the 1 HWY)

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