We have sold out of the folded version 2009 San Rafael Wilderness Map

You may be able to find some folded versions at REI or your other local retailers.

We still have a few flattened versions if you would like those.

A new fully updated 2015 verson is due to be released in Spring 2015. Email me if you want to get on the announcement list for when it is released or if you have any questions.

Thanks and sorry again!


UPDATED and IMPROVED for 2009-2010

In 2003 I published my first map of the San Rafael Wilderness. Now, just over 6 years later, its been completely updated in a new release of the San Rafael Wilderness map.

Completed in October 2009, the updated map contains all the elements from the first map, plus the La Brea (8/09) and Zaca (7/07) fire perimeters, updated trail conditions, new trails, special geographic points of interest, and much much more..........


The San Rafael Wilderness is located within the Southern portion of the Los Padres National Forest. It's just north of downtown Santa Barbara and within a few hours drive of Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo and Bakersfield (see locator map below). The San Rafael Wilderness is the main hiking, backpacking, equestrian, camping and outdoor recreation destination within Santa Barbara County. The "San Raf" (as it's commonly referred) encompasses over 197,000 acres of primitive land and over 125 miles of designated wilderness trails.

I know this map will help you discover the diverse beauty and solitude that makes the San Rafael such a magical place to explore for an afternoon or a lifetime. Enjoy.......

$8.95 + shipping - delivered to your door......


View of Santa Cruz Drainage from West Big Pine


Sisquoc River Valley and the Sierra Madres from Big Pine


The highest point within Santa Barbara County is Big Pine Mountain. Big Pine rises 6820 feet above sea level and straddles the boundary of the San Rafael and Dick Smith Wildernesses. Big Pine is not a technically difficult climb, but does require a multi-day trek from any of the San Rafael and Dick Smith trailheads. The views from the summit are highlighted by the Sisquoc River Valley to the NW, Madulce Peak and the Dick Smith to the NE, the Channel Islands to the South and on a clear day the Sierra Nevada to the N. The north slopes of Big Pine are predominantly pine covered and are blanketed with snow for most of the winter and spring months. Big Pine is a great year round destination and a terrific central hub for any extended backcountry treks.






The San Rafael is also home to the famous potreros (meadows) of the Sierra Madre Mountains. The Sierra Madres form the Northern boundary of the wilderness and contain some of the best Chumash Indian paintings in existence. The Spring flower display along the Sierra Madres is hard to beat and if you can parlay a packing trip from the potreros down to the Sisquoc, you won't be disappointed.


Sisquoc River near Horse Canyon (Gulch) Confluence

Dissecting the San Rafael Wilderness is the Sisquoc River. The Sisquoc is designated a 'Wild and Scenic River' and flows from its headwaters below Big Pine, west towards Santa Maria. There is a trail that follows the Sisquoc from the Horse Canyon Confluence all the way to Big Pine Mountain. This trail is highlighted by incredible pools, Southfork Station, the Sisquoc Condor Sanctuary, bountiful waterfalls and enough solitude to make John Muir feel right at home.

While most of the San Rafael requires a minimum of 3 days to explore, there are also options for the weekend warriors. The main trailhead for the San Raf is at Nira Camp. Nira is a car-camp along Manzana Creek and has a wide open trail that heads both up-and-down-stream from the campground. There are multiple camps along the Manzana that are perfect overnighters for veteran backpackers looking for a quick option to test out their gear, or the rookie hoping to just survive the night.

This San Rafael Wilderness Map covers all of the the wilderness, as well as much of the surrounding area. This includes a large portion of the Dick Smith Wilderness (which borders the San Rafael on the East), Little Pine Mountain, the Santa Ynez River Recreation Area, Figueroa Mountain, Tequepis Trail, Upper Oso Trailhead, Nira Trailhead, Colson Canyon, Madulce, Indian Creek, Mono Creek, Cuyama Valley Little Caliete Hot Spring, Lake Cachuma, Rancho Oso, the mountains above Santa Maria and much more.......

If you hike in the Santa Barbara area, this map is for you!


Waterfalls along the Sisquoc, between Bear and Lower Bear with Samon Peak in the background



Sunset over San Rafael Mountain, from West Big Pine


White Ledge Camp


• Printed on tear resistant waterproof paper

Zaca and La Brea Fire perimeters

• Full color user friendly graphics

• Shaded relief with topographic contour lines

• Created with GPS and GIS technology

• Includes OHV routes from Colson Canyon, Miranda Pine, and Upper Oso

• Covers mountain bike trails above Santa Maria and off of Paradise Road

• Accurate trail mileages and camp locations

• Designates trail conditions and quality

• Map dimensions: 27.5 x 31 unfolded - 4 x 6.3 folded

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The San Rafael map comes in two formats - folded and flat. The folded map fits conveniently in your pocket, the flat map is generally used more for displaying either on a wall or tabletop. The flat map is delivered in a tube.

Retail price $8.95 + $1.00 shipping and handling for a folded version of the map.

• Retail price $8.95 + $7.00 shipping and handling for a flat version of the map.

If you would like to purchase this map please click on the Add to Cart Buttons above.

I invite you to also check out the Dick Smith / Matilija Map. For bulk orders or for wholesale orders please contact me directly at  The map will be shipped within a day or so of your order.

If you have any questions or comments regarding any of the trails, camps, or anything else pertaining to the map feel free to contact me at

Thank you very much for your support and enjoy your time in the San Rafael Wilderness!

For more information on the San Rafael Wilderness and surrounding areas be sure to check out The interactive version of this map is on and allows users to post about trail conditions and consequently allows hikers to check on the status of trails before they even get to the trailhead. Be sure to check it out before your next hike and post your findings when you get back:

2009 Bryan Conant