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Mesa Creek, Douglas Family Preserve & Arroyo Burro County Beach, Santa Barbara CA
Click any picture on this page to enlarge. For maps, directions and links to more information see the list at the end of this page. Locally Arroyo Beach is also known as Hendry's Beach, the preserve is also called the Wilcox Property.
Below, the beginning of the trail along Mesa Creek. The area was restored to a coastal sage scrub and riparian habitat. A bridge was included to provide trail access to the Douglas Family Preserve.
Below, continuing across the bridge and up the trail to the Douglas Family Preserve, named after actor Michael Douglas for his 600K donation to make the land acquisition possible. The groups trying to preserve the land were short of cash for the purchase so Michael Douglas donated the remainder, dedicating the preserve to his father Kirk Douglas. The land was a former plant nursery, slated for development.
Below, the trail loops along the mesa edge through groves of trees with great coastal views including Arroyo Burro County Beach and Channel Islands. A number of other trails criss-cross through the center of the mesa connecting to the loop trail.
County of Santa Barbara, Arroyo Beach page:
City of Santa Barbara, Mesa Creek Restoration page:
City of Santa Barbara, list of natural parks:
Santa Barbara Trails Council, Douglas Family Preserve Page:
Douglas Family Preserve page on Wikipedia:
More about Michael Douglas and his work in Santa Barbara: