One of my favorite places in Santa Barbara is Lizards Mouth. It has some cool rocks you can hike around on, but the best part is... you get this AMAZING view of Santa Barbara. On a clear day you can see the Channel Islands as well. You kind of feel like you are on top of the world when you are up there. It is also kind of out of the way too, so there are usually not many people up there.
My favorite time to be at Lizards Mouth is at Sunset. It is pretty amazing. So that is usually when I go. These pictures are from summers 2003 & 2004. Summer 03 I went up with McKay, Tom & Crystal. 04 I went up with Margy and a friend of hers. I have taken many friends up there. If you want to go, let me know. I would be happy to take the trip to Santa Barbara and Lizards Mouth. :)