Aniso Trail from El Capitan State Beach to Refugio State Beach is a 5.3 mile out and back trail located near Goleta, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Sandra Dee K.
This hike was by no means difficult. It was however calming and beautiful. There is a fee to use the state park.
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.