A friend and I had planned to embark on a long day hike (15+ miles round trip) to a cave in the Los Padres National Forest. The cave is not marked on any maps and any obvious trail signs and markers have been removed by the USFS. Good internet research can help a bit but apparently a wrong turn in a number of places can cause you to miss the cave's location.
We had hoped for an early start and were a number of miles into a dirt road when we found a locked gate. A sign proclaimed that road damage was the cause. We wished that we had out bikes because we could have ridden into the trail head but to hike the addtional distance would have been too much.
After much discussion the decision was made to try to locate another Chumash site but it would involve some route finding over little used trails and even less solid information on the actual location. A perfect challenge!
We loaded up and turned around, driving out on the long dirt road, back to the highway and then the freeway to a different trail head.
Here is Alan at the starting point