James Wapotich Explores the Condor Trail

Local author James Wapotich shared images and stories from the Condor Trail on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 3:00pm at the Wildling Museum (1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang). The Condor Trail is a 421-mile thru-hike route that traverses the southern and northern portions of the Los Padres National Forest. The route utilizes existing trails and roads, and showcases some of the best trails within our local backcountry. Wapotich has hiked and backpacked along the 185-mile section of the trail that passes through Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

He spoke about the waterfalls, mountain peaks, quiet potreros, hot springs, Chumash village sites, old homesteads left by pioneers, as well as the Sespe, Dick Smith, and San Rafael Wildernesses in this casual and informative presentation.

Wapotich is a Volunteer Wilderness Ranger with the Forest Service and the author of the Santa Barbara News-Press hiking column, Trail Quest.