Gaviota Wind Caves Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews
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Gaviota Wind Caves Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Goleta, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

2.1 miles 590 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

surfing

walking

horseback riding

beach

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Beautiful wind sculpted caves, incredible ocean vistas. This is a semi-strenuous but short in and out hike. The begins trail following an old road along gaviota creek moving inland. This part is mostly flat with lots of riparian birds. As you head towards the hills, you can see final destination as series of holes in the sandstone outcroppings ahead. After about 3/4 of a mile you will start the ascending switchback, which was very well-maintained. Continuing along the ridgeline you'll come to the first wind cave. Cross through the wind cave and the trail gets much steeper with a couple of switch backs, until you reach the bottom of the second cave. To left is a trail, or you can scramble straight up. The views from the top are not to be believed.

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike this time of year. The trailhead starts off paved, but right after the pavement ends begins a steep ascent. After reaching the set of graffitied caves, KEEP GOING. Reaching the higher set of caves adds about 10 minutes to your hike but it is definitely worth it. Expect light traffic and spritz on a bit of bug spray if you have it.

18 days ago

very cool trail

26 days ago

1 month ago

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

3 months ago

4 months ago

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

hiking
5 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

6 months ago

hiking
6 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!

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Nice view, worth the time

7 months ago

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...

8 months ago

This trail is NOT dog friendly. I drove over 3 hours to get here, only to be turned around by the ranger. $500 fine if you bring your dog on the trail and the same fine applies if you leave your dog in your car (per ranger).

hiking
8 months ago

My son and I love this hike. The caves are awesome and the view of the ocean is even better.

8 months ago

8 months ago

Great hike that isn't too easy because of steep hills & loose dirt but definitely gorgeous with the Pacific Ocean view!! The caves are cool but we saw a few beetles. Not long at all; I think approx 3-4 miles round trip. Free parking is a plus!!

8 months ago

Great hike. Did this twice in the last two weeks. I did see a baby rattle snake at the top left cave the second time I hiked. It's getting pretty hot so I guess that's common.

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty nice with a few steep areas. According to ranger, dogs not allowed.

9 months ago