Gaviota State Park takes its name from the Spanish word for seagull, given to the area by soldiers of the Portola Expedition who supposedly killed a seagull while camping here in 1769. Marked by a tall Southern Pacific railroad trestle that crosses Gaviota Creek high above the day-use parking lot, the park is a popular spot for swimming, picnicking, surf fishing and camping, despite high winds that often blow through the area. A pier on the west end of the beach is used by anglers, and scuba divers and surfers use a boat hoist on the pier to access the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel. Visitors can explore the rugged upland portions of the park from a trailhead in the parking area. Ambitious hikers can climb to Gaviota Peak that offers a spectacular view of the coast and the Channel Islands.

It was short but wet, the rain caught us. Mud surfed. Will return to finish trail.Its an easy open trail

2 months ago

This hike was amazing minus the ticks along the way.

2 months ago

Gorgeous - both up Gaviota peak trail and down trespass trail. Highly recommended, especially in the early morning when there is some cloud cover.

Great hike. Although, there is NO dog access as stated. Also, there is a 2.00 parking fee

Trail is good and a good work to the top cave. I'm 50+ and it was a total 1.5 hours. We rested a bit at the top. Lots of people on trail which was one way at times. Saw a couple snakes but they were on the paved road which was odd. Take water and pictures.

4 months ago

Not a bad day hike. The trail is pretty steep incline going up the entire time to the caves. There are few along the way to stop and look at. Not too challenging besides the uphill part. Pack a lunch and enjoy the view from the top of the caves. No shade on the trail so bring plenty of water

5 months ago

It's a quick hike to the caves but its an incline and a little rock climbing involved. I would recommend it, great adventure!

Going up took me a couple of hours, but I took my time hiking this one alone. I went up the Gaviota Hot Springs Trail & then up to the Peak, resting at the top to journal and enjoy the scenery. Going down Trespass Trail with those gorgeous ocean views and surrounding Flora was lovely.

Took Trespass Trail yo to the peak. much rockier than Peak Trail side. Great hike, lots of sun so bring sunscreen. Much of the thinner portions of the trail have overgrown brush. Would do again.

Nice view, worth the time

Good hike! I just started hiking this year and this trail was pretty challenging. Bring plenty of water and a few snacks for breaks along the way. My gps said about a 7 mile hike with elevation gain of about 2,000 in the first 3.5 miles. Totally worth the effort! Incredible views! Don't forget the $2.00 for the trailhead parking. It's a self serve payment envelope system but I've heard the park rangers check cars parked there pretty regularly and issue citations.

After I got to Gaviota Peak I took Trespass Trail down. Trail is narrow and single track for most of it and pretty rocky compared to the peak trail going up. Peak trail is like a 5 line interstate highway compared to Trespass which is more of a 1 lane country road. Had to crawl over a few rocks, vegetation overgrown near the trail (made me wish I was wearing pants and not shorts!). Definitely, had to watch my footing for most of it! Really rocky at some points and not very well trafficked when I went out. A little harder getting back to the trailhead than when I've used the peak trail. In the end, glad I took it though but if I were hiking alone again I would take the peak trail up and down.

Great short hike
Pay attention if you are coming from the south on 101 the exit to gaviota beach is closed and you need to go additional 2 miles to make a U turn.
Well worth the effort...