Mapping the Santa Barbara Backcountry

Matilija and Dick Smith Wilderness Map Guide (thumbnail) The Santa Barbara Independent looks at a new map of the Santa Barbara backcountry (in California), the Matilija and Dick Smith Wilderness Map Guide, and its creator, Bryan Conant. It’s his second map of the backcountry; the first was the San Rafael Wilderness Map. It gets a good review: “Like the San Rafael map, the new one is printed on waterproof, tear-resistant stock, is well laid out and easy to read. The detail is superb and includes accurate mileages thanks to the GPS and is color coded to show which trails are in good condition, which are somewhat overgrown, and which are so overgrown as to be virtually impassable. For those who’ve hiked the backcountry much you’ll understand how valuable these classifications are.”