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More Mesa

Santa Barbara, CA
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More Mesa, Santa Barbara California

Description

Walking along More Mesa, you discover a new, pretty vista around every bend! You are on gorgeous sandstone cliffs high above the sea, walking a thin sandy trail amongst wildflowers and tall golden grasses. As you peek below, you see couples and nudists who have come to be alone in this unknown area of Santa Barbara. Looking out across the tall grasses on the mesa, you see the Santa Ynez mountains. There are steep paths that lead down to the beach. To walk from the Patterson side to the Hope Ranch side on the clifftop trail takes about 45 minutes.
This amazing land in the middle of Santa Barbara was bought by Thomas More, a rancher, in the mid-19th century. It is undeveloped because a protected species of owl comes to nest here.
If you're hungry or thirsty, check out Java Station, a dive coffee shop at 4447 Hollister Avenue, east of Puente Drive, where you can sit by the fireplace or look out the big windows at the tall trees that line the creek across the road.
Or check out Crush Cupcakes (directions below), in a little cottage along Hollister Ave. You can sit by a fireplace looking out a large window at trees and flowers across the road.

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View from the west side of More Mesa.
View from the west side of More Mesa.
Cactus flowers in a nursery on the west side of More Mesa.
Cactus flowers in a nursery on the west side of More Mesa.
Cliffs at More Mesa.
Cliffs at More Mesa.
Thin golden grasses and the Santa Ynez mountains in the background.
Thin golden grasses and the Santa Ynez mountains in the background.
Looking down at the ocean from the bluffs.
Looking down at the ocean from the bluffs.
 

Directions

The trailhead is at Orchid Dr and Shoreline Dr, Goleta CA 93110.
From Highway 101, exit at Patterson Ave and turn toward the ocean. At the end of Patterson Ave the road veers left and becomes Shoreline Drive. You will see a big yellow sign with an arrow. Park along the road here. Walk along the road a little until you come to the second pathway on the left. This pathway follows some barren land to the sea.
Java Station, 4447 Hollister Avenue, call (805) 681-0202.
Crush Cupcakes, 5392 Hollister Avenue, call (805) 845-2200. On Hollister Ave, west of the Patterson Ave intersection. Driving west, there is a huge blue sign for a business park. After that business park, Crush Cupcakes is the next driveway.

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Kristina
11/05/2009 22:49
I love this one....we were at this spot last month..keep them coming

Katie
10/06/2009 14:30
Top beach! Woohoo!

Rich
07/29/2006 16:41
wow, cool, yes, more cities please!

Last Updated Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:46:19 GMT