The Carving of Cliffs and Tidepools

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017

Time: 1:00PM - 4:30PM

Instructor: Susie Bartz

Location: Haskell's East


The new moon brings a fine low tide to explore Haskell’s beach in a different direction with Susie Bartz. This time we walk eastward, down-coast toward Goleta, to explore coastal dynamics and both geologic and human history. Starting with an easy walk along the sand, we consider the estuarine outlet of Bell Canyon before passing two old piers from the oil boom of 1929 and the outcrop of the More Ranch Fault. As we approach the point, we navigate rocky shore tidepools and discover sharply folded rocks as evidence of the tremendous ongoing tectonic compression in our region.

A moderately easy walk, roughly 2 to 3 miles round trip.


Image of Susie BartzSusie Bartz grew up in rural Pennsylvania playing in the wooded hills and rocky creeks outsider her house. After college and graduate school, she married and came to Santa Barbara in 1974. She enjoys hiking and backpacking, and holds a degree in geology from SBCC. In 2009, she completed a project publishing the maps of legendary geologist Tom Dibblee, who was her personal friend and mentor, and in whose memory she dedicates her walks. As a geology educator, Susie works with schools and community organizations to bring an awareness of earth science to the general public in outdoor settings. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and assorted cats, and has two married daughters and three darling grandsons.

Geology Walk Series:

Natural History
Field Trips