Winchester Gun Club, Figueroa Mountain & Mt Pinos Observing Sites
Gun Club Driving Directions.
Looking West Towards the
Looking North towards
Looking East SkyGlow from SB
Our dark sky observations
take place at the Winchester Canyon Gun Club located off of West Camino Cielo.
for a map of the area near the Gun Club
The Gun Club is located at
an elevation of roughly 3000 feet. It is removed enough from
Santa Barbara that much of the sky glow is eliminated. There
are several concrete pads and picnic tables which make for a nice
area to setup. Most of set up all the way in the back.
To get to the Gun Club, take Highway 154
north over San Marcos Pass. Get off at West Camino Cielo. The exit is a
left-hand turn, almost at the top of the Pass.
Proceed about five miles until the pavement runs out. The road is very twisty
and often only one lane wide, so this 4.2 mile distance takes about 15 minutes
The Gun Club is located on the right-hand side of the road. There are two large
trees with a yellow locked gate between them.
On your way in or out at the Gun Club, please close the gate behind you and
slide the lock through its slots so the gate appears to be closed and locked.
After Dark Car Lights off please,
If you will be arriving after dark
please turn off your headlights before you turn into the gate. Use either
your parking lights or a hand held flashlight to navigate through the gate and
into the site.
Contact Paul Winn at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Joe Doyle to coordinate getting into the site and to be sure that there will be
Figueroa Driving Directions
Looking North East
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|This is the best Dark sky you
can get to around here in an less than 1 1/2 Hour drive. From where
I live in Goleta its about 1 1/4 hour to get to the site. There are
4 site's you can go to. Here I will give directions to the 2 sites
that I think are best.
Directions to Figueroa:
1. Take the 101 North. Exit at the 154 turn-off to Los Olivos. Itís about 8
miles past Buellton.
1a. From Santa Barbara. take San
Marcos Pass (154) to Los Olivos. Turn Right on Figueroa Mountain Road.
1a. SKIP TO Step #3
2. Go east on the 154 towards Los Olivos and turn Left (north) at Figueroa
3. Stay on Figueroa Mountain Road at 11.8 miles you will come to the Ranger
Continue past the Figueroa Ranger Station. You will see the
station down to your right.
5. At about .7miles further you will see a dirt road on the left with a
metal road gate. This goes to
Catway. Continue on the paved
6. Site # 1 The Lookout
Take the next dirt road to your left 1.1miles past the Ranger Station.
If you stay on the pavement and you come to Figueroa Mt.
Campground, you've gone 1/4 to 1/3 of a
mile to far. Double back.
7. Follow the dirt road for about two miles.
At the Pino Alto turnoff take the right fork. Take the
to the right as well.
If you find yourself going downhill you are on the wrong
road. Follow the signs to the fire lookout. This
is the spot.
8. SITE #2 The Saddle
take the dirt road on step #6 Continue on the paved road
Mt. Campground It will take you about another 6 to 10 min's
to get to the RED MOUND on the right.
9. At about 4 Miles you will come up on a Big Area of Red Dirt (RED MOUND) on
your right side. Your
almost there. Some times you might see some of the Vandenberg
members at this spot.
10.Drive 0.7 miles past the next open gate. The road is kind of narrow in spots
and winds through a lot trees, then starts down a little hill.
You will see a small turnout on the left that is
where we set up.
Make sure you have a forestry pass.
You can get a forestry pass at Big 5 Sporting Goods; the cost is $5.00 per day.
Drive time from Santa Barbara via 154 and little traffic 70 minutes. It's about
the same from Goleta via 101 N.
The Saturday closest to New Moon is the
traditional gathering time for the dark sky observers.
If you will be leaving before any of the others, please check around and
coordinate your departure time with those who are taking astro-photos.
Mt Pinos Driving Directions
Click here for a
map to Mt Pinos
Take US-101 South 29 miles to CA-126
E/State Route 126 (signs for Santa Clarita)
Drive 40 Miles to I-5 N take the ramp
Drive 33 miles to exit 205 for Frazier Mountain Park Rd.
Turn left under the freeway and
Continue up Cuddy Valley Rd for 14.6 Miles.
Cuddy Valley Rd turns slightly left
and becomes Mt Pinos Rd.
Continue for about 9 Miles to the Mt
Pinos Parking lot