Point Sal State Beach (SB) is located in the northwestern part of Santa Barbara County, near the city of Guadalupe. The park consists of approximately 80 acres and includes just over 1 1/2 miles of ocean frontage. Lands above the beach and rocky shoreline have extremely steep slopes, and numerous landslides are evident. Prime examples of coastal sage and chaparral communities occur on these slopes. Giant coreopsis is abundant in the area and dominates wildflower displays in the spring. Views of the coastline, beach and rugged mountain slopes are exceptional. Lion Rock, located offshore, is an important bird-roosting site and is also used by sea lions and other marine mammals. Recreational activities at Point Sal SB include fishing, beach combing, hiking, nature study, photography, picnicking and sunbathing. Because of extremely dangerous rip currents, occasional shark sightings, and the absence of Lifeguard service, swimming is not recommended. Persons found camping in the park are subject to citation, arrest, or eviction by Park Rangers. Because of security concerns at adjacent Vandenberg Air Force Base, Air Police also strictly enforce the no camping rule at Point Sal SB. The park has no picnic tables, toilets or other recreational facilities.
The hike had the best views that I have seen. However, I was nervous about leaving my car since so many have had their cars broken into. There was glass in two different spots from the previous break ins. The trail is a wide track and is mostly paved. The incline is slow and steady, but is more intense on the way back. The views are spectacular and you def are secluded. I couldn't get down to the beach, but if you can you would have it all to yourself. Bring a jacket because the wind causes temp fluctuations.
Great trail, I would recommend it to anyone. For anyone saying this trail is difficult or a workout is mistaken. The trail is a extreamly gradual, both up and down. Wide enough for two vehicles to pass side by side and paved on the 2nd half down to the lookout point. The only difficult part is the last .01 mile where, if you want to go to the beach, requires some scrambling due to a steep decline and loose rocks. If you want to make the hike more difficult, there some unpaved switchbacks that are much steeper than the regular trail.
I recommend bringing extra water and lunch or a snack. The trail does take a few hour to accomplish at a leisurely pace.
Disclaimer: Take out what you take in.
I had to pick up 4 water bottles on the trail and some small wrappers.
This was a great hike to clock miles in preparation for an upcoming backpacking trip. Not much to look at other than cows and grass for the beginning but the ocean views and trip down to the beach make it well worth it. I imagine in the spring it's amazing. I give it a lower rating because I don't know that I would do it again after seeing 3-4 cars in the parking broken into and a ton of windows smashed and a ton stuff stolen. Just really sad and not something I want to worry about when I'm out hiking :(
I have been hiking out to Point Sal beach since I was 12 years old with my father. Starts off at the end of a dirt road and curves up the mountain side on an old road. It's pretty much mellow incline half the way and then mellow decline the other half. About a 5 mile trip to the beach, the trail down to the beach used to be a bit safer but the years have taken it back it can quote hazardous if you don't get the right footing. Definitely recommend this trail if you in the area and want to spend the day out hiking. Bring water and some grub!
Starts off in a dirt parking lot at the end of the road and you basically climb a mountain and come down the mountain to get to the private beach. I wasn't able to get to the beach as I didn't think I was going to be able to get back up as it was definitely a hazardous beach access that was listed at the beginning of the trail. Maybe next time when I'm feeling froggy haha. All things considered it was definitely a 8/10 on the hardness level as out and back was just shy of 10 miles listed on my iPhone. I would definitely do this trail again