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Gaviota State Park takes its name from the Spanish word for seagull, given to the area by soldiers of the Portola Expedition who supposedly killed a seagull while camping here in 1769. Marked by a tall Southern Pacific railroad trestle that crosses Gaviota Creek high above the day-use parking lot, the park is a popular spot for swimming, picnicking, surf fishing and camping, despite high winds that often blow through the area. A pier on the west end of the beach is used by anglers, and scuba divers and surfers use a boat hoist on the pier to access the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel. Visitors can explore the rugged upland portions of the park from a trailhead in the parking area. Ambitious hikers can climb to Gaviota Peak that offers a spectacular view of the coast and the Channel Islands.

If you want a real hike to the top, take the Trespass Trail to the Peak and come down this fire road. The Trespass Trail goes to the right at the junction. If you love hiking the Trespass Trail to Gaviota Peak is by far one of the best hikes i have completed this year. It is not overly strenuous for the average hike although the last half mile to the peak is certainly grueling. I'm not sure how many times I asked myself we must be there, right? But the trail is very enjoyable, lots of true hiking experiences, many different things to see - fields, oak trees, rock formations, the ocean, other peaks, etc. It is not boring at all. The Wind Caves were a nice break in the climb up, and I highly recommend the detour to the Tunnel Overlook. It reconnects with the trail to the top and provides some great views. We took the fire road down which was fine, as we saw the sunset at the top so it was dark. I would think that the fire road up is arduous, great exercise, but by no means a true hike. Going down it was non-stop descent, so the reverse would be true. We did not visit the hot springs as it was dark.

If you love hiking the Trespass Trail to Gaviota Peak is by far one of the best hikes i have completed this year. It is not overly strenuous for the average hike although the last half mile to the peak is certainly grueling. I'm not sure how many times I asked myself we must be there, right? But the trail is very enjoyable, lots of true hiking experiences, many different things to see - fields, oak trees, rock formations, the ocean, other peaks, etc. It is not boring at all. The Wind Caves were a nice break in the climb up, and I highly recommend the detour to the Tunnel Overlook. It reconnects with the trail to the top and provides some great views. We took the fire road down which was fine, as we saw the sunset at the top so it was dark. I would think that the fire road up is arduous, great exercise, but by no means a true hike. Going down it was non-stop descent, so the reverse would be true. We did not visit the hot springs as it was dark.

Walked up the firebreak road to the peak, and turned and walked same way back to parking lot. 6 miles total and about 2. 4K elevation change going up. If you hike during summer leave early as it warms up quick with lack of tree cover further up the trail.

Beautiful hike! Quite steep in some parts but relaxing in the caves with a view of the ocean was the best part.

Cool hike! Caves are neat. I would say kid friendly if 6 or older. 4 year old had trouble with the steep parts. My two year old got a shoulder ride once we were off the paved path. Short hike but definitely moderate due to steep trail.

Good hike with some steep sections, and incredible views from the peak. As you get higher, the trail is more exposed, so bring enough water. There is a smaller path turnoff to the right, just before you drop down on the fire road about 1/2mile from the parking lot, where there are two hot spring pools. Fair amount of poison oak along that stretch, but very cool to see the springs.

I am in no shape of form a hiker. This trail was supper fun and I brought my 4yr old with me and she handled it like a champ. I definitely felt the burn during the hike but it was doable and I had a blast

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike especially when done in April. The mustard flowers coat the small valley and hills and it becomes very scenic with the ocean as the backdrop. The caves themselves are interesting but not mind-blowing. The hike itself is pretty enough to do it though. Unfortunately some of the rocks are tagged with graffiti.

nice hike beautiful hot springs

It’s a good hike my daughter is 10 and she has done this hike 3 times now.

Family friendly hike. Sad we can't take our dogs anymore. Beautiful caves and views.

Awesome hike! Nice wind caves. Wish there was more to hike.

Love it . An Amazing view. This is my second trail in Santa Barbara and I can say the best few I have had for now ;) I can see so far ... I even think I saw LA ;) just one detail , if you start the trail start it from the left side - it’s harder bd you are really feeling that you are hiking . Because on the way back it’s just a regular road

moderate hike if going up fire road and down trespass. much harder if you go the reverse way.

Beautiful hike , steep , short, worth the time.

Not easy for beginners! But a lot of fun!

on Gaviota Peak Trail

3 months ago

wonderful mother's day hike!

Loved the vistas and rock formations.

So much fun and amazing view all the way. Like to go up in hot spring to the peak since the view from trespass is better. It is better when you are going down hill and appreciate the view on the way back when you already done the hard work going up.

I enjoyed the hike, we did the loop counterclockwise taking the trespass trail first and it was steep and strenuous for more than several parts of it. The view was amazing. Coming back down towards the hot springs is a steady downslope which was a bit hard on the knees down. I recommend bringing plenty of water3-5 liters each and some snacks. Sunscreen and a hat were also nice as we ended up above the clouds. Don’t forget your $2 cash!

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4 months ago

Enjoyable hike up Gaviota Peak and back down Trespass. Moderate difficulty. Bring plenty of water in warmer seasons! We took a picnic lunch and ate prior to reaching the peak.

fun adventures hike✌

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5 months ago

Don’t park in the parking area at the trail head! Parking ticket $100 for 45mins past “Sunset”!
Park on the side of the road outside trail head!
Loved the hike and the views!

Main trail up is a bit bland but took Trespass down which is a treat with some caves along the way.

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5 months ago

Beautiful views from the peak when skies are clear. We did it in 2 hours, 48 minutes, moving time, going up the Trespass trail and down the road. Going up the trail is more than moderate, we agreed.

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5 months ago

Beautiful views. Challenging part of the way but in a fun. The caves are unique. The turkey vultures gliding around made it more fun. Definitely worth the trip.

beautiful hike. we did the tunnel view loop and the hot spring. bring two dollars cash per person. easy hike with a little up hill. it is cold in February. We went early so not a lot of traffic. the ocean view and the Green hills are breath taking. also we saw a lot of pretty birds.

Great loop with an easy to follow trail. The incline doesn't vary much and is never that steep. The trail is exposed most of the time with what shade there is coming on the fire trail on the way down. The views are great throughout the hike with stunning views of the water and surrounding mountains. Easy to get to and find as its right off the 101. $2.00 to park so bring cash!

5 months ago

Love this trail! Go up the fire road then down the backside for the better views!

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