Outdoor adventurers will want to head to Ventura County this summer and hike the new Ropersmith Trail to enjoy panoramic views, diverse wildlife, and the rare coastal sage scrub.
The Ropersmith Trail, which opened to hikers in May, is the area’s newest trail and offers 2 miles of smooth singletrack hiking and mountain biking in the Harmon Canyon Preserve — a 2123-acre preserve just east of Santa Barbara.
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The work going into creating Ropersmith Trail built in collaboration by Sage Trail Alliance & Ventura Land Trust © Ventura Land Trust
Park at the main Harmon Canyon Preserve Trailhead before embarking on a double-track trail called the Harmon Canyon Road. As you hike past sage and oak trees, keep your eyes open for red-tailed hawks, deer and even California quail. The canyon road winds its way up through the hills of the preserve to our favorite part: Goldenberg Overlook. Make sure to bring a snack and spend some time here enjoying the views of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Channel Islands.
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The Ropersmith Trail starts at the junction with Goldenberg Overlook. While it’s not marked on any of the preserve’s online maps yet, they’ve made it easy to find with trail markers. Follow the signs as the trail winds through the preserve’s undulating hills and passing the green and browns of the coastal sage scrub before reconnecting with the Harmon Canyon Road. If you can make it before summer, you’ll also enjoy the vibrant yellow wildflowers that cover the landscape each spring.This won’t be the end to the introduction of new trails at Harmon. Ventura Land Trust – a local non-profit – purchased the preserve in 2020 and has already built 12 miles of new singletrack trails since then.
“We’re focused on ensuring the Preserve is both open to the public and that we continue to protect it from an ecosystem perspective. It does …….