Cathedral Peak (Santa Barbara) Climber's Log

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DanFeinberg - May 12, 2021 6:44 pm Date Climbed: May 11, 2021

Cathedral Peak  Sucess!

Two of three peaks on the way up to La Cumbre Peak


BlakeBaron - Oct 27, 2020 4:57 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2020

Nice climb up  Sucess!

Got to the top of Cathedral Peak on the Arlington-Cathedral-LaCumbre Peak trail loop, which was around 11 miles with 3600 ft of climbing. It was a very hot day, and did not have any water for most of the downhill. These are nice training hikes and peaks, and are pretty quiet compared to other hikes in Santa Barbara.


patricklynch88 - Mar 29, 2020 5:33 pm Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2020

Inspiration Point Trailhead  Sucess!

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.


johnm - May 27, 2019 7:40 pm Date Climbed: May 27, 2019

Arlington/Cathedral/La Cumbre  Sucess!

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.

trexkerry - Apr 30, 2016 5:16 pm Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2016

From La Cumbre  Sucess!

Parked at a small turnout next to the gate for the fire road leading up to La Cumbre. First went up to La Cumbre, then spent a while before I could find the trail to Cathedral. I really enjoyed the hike to/from Cathedral. Class 2 scramble for much of the way. Very steep but enjoyable.


wordlessnature - Jan 6, 2015 12:44 am Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2015

climbed with Arlington Peak  Sucess!

Nice afternoon in the mountains. Enjoyable scrambling on the Dragon's Back up to Arlington, then a short walk to Cathedral!


wbass - May 9, 2013 12:09 am Date Climbed: May 4, 2013


The second half of an enjoyable duo. We enjoyed watching the clouds build up down below and thinking we might be engulfed, only to watch them dissipate in minutes. We technically climbed Cathedral twice this day, the second summit following our retreat after an unsuccessful attempt at dropping down to the saddle and completing the Cathedral - Cumbre loop. We found the downclimb and use trail off the north side of Cathedral, and it completely disappeared in the thicket.


haishan - Mar 13, 2013 2:57 pm Date Climbed: Feb 16, 2013

Cave route  Sucess!

Soloed the "cave route" to the left of S Face route. All 3 pitches had some mid-fifth moves.


cab - Feb 11, 2013 3:38 pm Date Climbed: Feb 9, 2013

Mission Canyon  Sucess!

Great route and fun scrambling once on the SE ridge. Hiked the day after a storm so nice clear views to the ocean. Hiked to Montecito and Cachuma Mtn. afterwards.

Bob Burd

Bob Burd - Jul 25, 2010 5:01 pm Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2010

From Mission Canyon  Sucess!

With family, a fine scramble. Perhaps the best on the LPC list. Trip Report


erykmynn - Jan 8, 2009 7:20 pm Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2008

Dragon's Back  Sucess!

Climbed to Arlington Peak (that was our goal) will be back sometime for more. a real work out. wish i'd been doin it when i lived there!


WhereAmI - Sep 20, 2006 3:15 am Date Climbed: Apr 24, 2002

Good Old Cathedral  Sucess!

Used to climb around here all the time. Beautiful views of the ocean. Did it a few times in those days.


theronmoon - Apr 28, 2006 5:24 am Date Climbed: Nov 21, 2004

Pulling the Tooth!  Sucess!

Quick jaunt up the standard route, over Arlington then on to the Monkey's Tooth. Great Views!


tjbst47 - Apr 23, 2006 5:29 pm Date Climbed: Nov 6, 2005

Cathedral Peak  Sucess!

One of the many nice hikes in Santa Barbara.


birdhead - Mar 20, 2006 5:33 am Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2006

Dragon's Back  Sucess!

Have climbed this peak numerous times and completed the loops. Great views of the coast and some of the best scrambling opportunites on any Santa Barbara area peak.

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