Definitely the hardest front country hike I've done, but worth it. Continued up to Cathedral Peak and then looped back via Tunnel.
Did this along with Cathedral Peak and La Cumbre Peak. It was very hot and fairly exposed getting to the top of Arlington, but quiet, which was nice.
Arlington Peak and Cathedral Peak via Inspiration Point Trailhead, Spyglass Ridge Road, and Cathedral Peak Trail. We were on the trail by 10:20 (actually 0.25 miles before the official start of the trail due to a lack of parking spots near the trailhead) and made it to the summit of Arlington Peak by 12:50. This is a rough trail with plenty of Class 2 scrambling, but the views from the ridge are incredible. After 10 minutes of admiring the view and taking a few photos, we made our way along the relatively easy part of the ridge trail towards Cathedral Peak; making it to the top by 1:25. We snacked, and chatted with a family of 3 for 15 minutes before descending the way we came. Party of 2. 2.7 miles and 2 hours 30 minutes to the summit of Arlington Peak. Another 0.3 miles and 25 minutes of hiking to Cathedral Peak. 2,375 ft of elevation gain to the summit of Arlington Peak and another 150 ft for Cathedral Peak. 6 miles, 2,575 ft of elevation gain, and 6 hours round trip. The weather was great for hiking; overcast with temps in the low 60's with a slight breeze for most of the day. Hiked with a long sleeve shirt and shorts. At the last minute, we packed a thin pair of utility gloves which came in handy because of the scrambling and the rocks can get rough on the hands after a while.
From Mission Canyon over to Cathedral and then on up to La Cumbre. Returned the tunnel trail. A long loop. Fun scrambling up Arlington and La Cumbre.
Up Arlington from Mission Canyon via the Dragon's Back, certainly a good test to see what kind of shape you're in! Some pretty gritty and sharp rocks around, long clothing items not the worst idea, or a first aid kit. Pretty hot and dry air, even early on a November morning. Views of surrounding hills and over to the Channel Islands made the effort worthwhile.
Nice scramble, climbed with Cathedral Peak. Beautiful area, very glad to have made the drive up!
This enjoyable duo was quite a nice surprise, steep and adventurous and hiking a purely sandstone mountain was our first. The only downside is the dearth of signs and confusing array of use trails down below. Otherwise, quite a treat.
Climbed many times over the years.
Sneaked out from family Xmas gathering in SB for a couple hours to hike with brother John. This is really enjoyable scramble up a spiney ridge that is noticeable from almost everywhere in the Santa Barbara area. The sandstone boulders on the ridge are beautiful, arcing up 1500 vertical feet and offering numerous scrambling and bouldering opportunities along the way. Stubby and charred chaparral can be quite brutal on exposed skin. Next time I'm back in SB I'll be doing this one again!
From Mission Canyon. Nice scramble. Trip Report