Amazing Geology of Santa Barbara County: Figueroa Mountain
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Time: 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Instructor: Susie Bartz
Join local expert Susie Bartz for a day on the mountain! Hike the Birabent Creek trail, as it winds its way up Figueroa’s northwestern shoulder toward Zaca Ridge. We’ll start with a view of the Little Pine Fault, then actually walk across it, passing 100 million years of Earth history! See how young valley sediments are thrust up vertically against exotic rocks from an ancient subduction zone. The creek offers samples of blueschist —a relatively rare metamorphic rock that isn’t seen on the road. Explore a Chumash village site of regional significance, and the flora that records past landslides and fires. The hike is about 3 miles roundtrip on mostly gentle slopes, with one steep descent to the creek and a couple of stream crossings.
- Bring water, hat, boots, snack lunch, and lots of curiosity
- Hiking poles are recommended