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Not a hike at all. It's a walk along the beach. The Rangers were convinced that there's never been a hiking trail here. We made the most of it and had fun, but it was not what we expected. Never made it to the lighthouse because of the tide. Did a total of 7mi rather than 11mi. Not recommended for hiking, perhaps camping or beach time. Parking is $10/car.
More beautiful than I expected! I went up to the cross, then at a Y in the path after the cross, I went left and eventually reached the trail marker where you can go up to Santa Rita Mesa or, as I did, go left toward La Artesia. There was another fork after that where I went right and ended up going down steeply to the access road and back to the mission. Don't know what the distance was, but all the sand made it seem longer, I think!
Great! Lots of fun. I took the trail that heads up to the cross (great view of Lompoc Valley - trailhead just passed visitor center) then kept on the trail passed the cross. Eventually following the fence line and heading up on Rita Mesa. Very sandy (beach like) trail past the cross. Some decent hill climbs all on sandy trails makes for a good workout! Take plenty of water and maybe a snack for energy. Stayed on the trail and ended up on an access road for an easy walk back to the mission and start of trail. Fun hike! About 4.8 miles or so on my route. Felt like more because of that sand! Got pretty windy too around 11:30am. Good hike! Really recommend it! Just far enough away from civilization to feel refreshing but not really that far away!