Rising Terraces and Flowing Waters

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Time: 1:00PM - 4:30PM

Instructor: Susie Bartz

Location: Leadbetter to La Mesa

Member: Ledbetter to La Mesa @ $35.00
Nonmember: Ledbetter to La Mesa @ $50.00

Join Susie Bartz to explore Santa Barbara’s beachfront and our iconic coastal Mesa. Starting at Leadbetter Beach, we see how human development, and especially the harbor’s breakwater, has impacted the shape of our shoreline. Then we continue up the beach to consider up close the ongoing tectonic compression that is lifting the Mesa’s marine terraces across geologic time. A super low tide will reveal interesting flora and fauna of the rocky shore, before our return atop Shoreline Park. About 3 miles of easy walking with optional rock-hopping among the tidepools. 

Driving Directions: meet in front of the Shoreline Beach Café at the foot of Loma Alta Street. Allow time to park in city lot and get checked in before an on-time start to catch the ebbing tide.

NOTE: Participants should be in good physical condition with good balance.

Participants should bring:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Layered clothing - a jacket
  • Hiking Poles
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Snack
  • Binoculars
  • Camera


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

Ancient Ocean Floor Revealed
Black Smoker of Figueroa Mountain
Saturday, 10/28

Rising Terraces and Flowing Waters
Leadbetter to La Mesa
Saturday, 11/18

Geology of the Carpinteria Buffs
Saturday, 12/2

Botany/Natural History
Travel/Day Trips