Much like other Santa Barbara blufftop preserves (such as the Douglas Family Preserve and the Ellwood Butterfly Grove), hikers can chart their own path through the forests, wetlands and grasslands of More Mesa, making walks as easy or as challenging as they like.
The More Mesa Preservation Coalition’s website has a comprehensive list of the plants, animals, insects and habitats found along the trails. And of course, More Mesa has spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the outlying Channel Islands. Watch the waves closely and you might catch a glimpse of surfacing dolphins.
More Mesa’s trails are dog-friendly, and horseback riders are often seen as well.
Directions: From Highway 101, take the Patterson Ave exit south toward the ocean. Cross over Hollister Avenue and past the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital on the right until Patterson crosses a stream bridge and bends to the left, becoming Shoreline Drive. There is limited free parking along the road side past the horse farm on the left.