Tar Pits/Carpinteria Bluffs

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Tar Pits/Carpinteria Bluffs is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Carpinteria, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.5 miles 108 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

road biking

trail running




16 days ago

21 days ago

2 months ago

A nice trail. Heavy traffic. Joggers, walkers, bikers, dogs on and off leashes. Some of the tar is still fresh. Avoid stepping in it or you may have a gooey mess on the bottom of your shoes. Also, at one point the trail crosses the RR tracks. Always listen for train whistles. Great views of the ocean. Some sections of the beach are closed due to harbor seal sancuaries.

1 year ago

2 years ago

Got to experience this beautiful beach and hiking trail while staying in Santa Barbara for some training in 2012.

It was my first time in CA, and I would love nothing more than to go back. I only had time to hike a portion of the full trail.