El Capitn State Beach offers visitors a sandy beach, rocky tidepools, and stands of sycamore and oaks along El Capitn Creek. Its a perfect setting for swimming, fishing, surfing, picnicking and camping. A stairway provides access from the bluffs to the beach area.

7 months ago

This hike was by no means difficult. It was however calming and beautiful. There is a fee to use the state park.

trail running
4 years ago

One of my favorite and most frequent runs in Santa Barbara. I would start at Lifeguard HQ on the cliffs of El Capitan Beach and run along the bike path to Refugio beach and back. The run offers breathtaking views of the Gaviota Coast.

FYI the "Road Closed" sign can be bypassed by an opening in the brush on the ocean side about 20 feet before the fence. I would only recommend this trail for running or walking as the bike path is in disrepair, rather steep, and the fences make bicycling unpleasant.