mountain biking


dogs on leash


I originally planned on hiking the Gaviota Peak Trail but two cars were broken into when I got to the parking lot. Hide your valuables. I wasn’t let down when I decided to do Sweetwater Trail. I also did Vista Point and all the side trails. Sunset was incredible. This hike exceeded my expectations.

This was a challenging hike but well worth it for the views. Pack lots of water.

2 months ago

Very simple and easy hike! liked it!

This trail is ok, nothing to exciting. Also I don't know if I would rate it "moderate" it seems to be more comparable to other "easy" trails. There are a couple of short hills but not that steep, the rest is relatively flat. There are a couple of views of the lake, but not as many as you would expect. To re-iterate another hikers comment: Free parking if you start at vista point.

Trail is Closed

Pretty good. As advertised.

Trailhead starts all the way at the back of Circle V Ranch Camp (main path to the left. You'll pass directly by the pool, bathrooms, and cabins). The first 2 miles is great. The rest of the Hike is a bit precarious - loose dirt and rocks along a narrow footpath up the mountain. Recent wildfires have cleared the branches/leaves so Lake Cachuma is visible through the trees as soon as you start gaining elevation.

5 months ago

Free parking if you start at vista point

love this hike. beautiful

Great hike. Make sure to start early to beat the heat & bring lots of water as temp gets very hot in the summertime (around 95+ degrees) in the summertime. We saw lots of wildlife- dear, garter snakes, lots of lizards and birds.

This was a kick butt hike! It definitely has beautiful views though. We wish we could have made it to the top to see the whole 360 view but we would have needed to bring more water and snacks for sure. Next time! :)

9 months ago

Great view!

A nice workout up the hill and down. Great views along the way. I went on May 16 in the late morning and had a brief encounter (for a few seconds before it bolted into the brush) with a young mountain lion (not kidding). Highly recommend this hike; it is a bit of work on the way up.

$20 day use. Then the trail is at the other end of the park and all overgrown. Not very scenic either

Advances trail with gorgeous views and lots of elevation

lots of beautiful wildflowers when I went in early April. Paintbrush, fritillaries, sidalcea, pipestem, California lilac, fairy lanterns and many more. Excellent hike for flower nerds. Also saw a bunch of California sister butterflies towards the bottom. Someone had picked all of the tiger lilies though.

The view at the top is nice, but windy. Bring a jacket if you plan on hanging out at the ridge. You can see Goleta on one side, along with the channel islands, and on the other you can see all of Cachuma and the surrounding valley.

Nice hike. Very narrow and a bit crowded, so passing with my dog was a hassle. But it was lovely and a great distance/level for us.

1) Definitely Drive To Whittier Camp
2) Follow The Directions To Circle V
(Parking lot to the right)
3) Just follow The Trail From There

The view at the top is worth all the uphill battle. Definitely a lot of shady areas where the sun isn't beaming on your face. We did encounter a baby rattle snake but it went away on it's own. Bring a sufficient amount of water with you! I cannot stress that enough. And whatever you do don't give up because once you have made it to the top it's all worth it. You get to see the ocean and the lake it's incredible.


11 months ago

I enjoyed this mostly shaded hike. a good workout, crossing a couple creeks on the way to the top. The view from the top is incredible - A 360 degree view overlooking Lake Cachuma and Goleta.

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