#26 of 90 state parks in California

Best trails in Gaviota State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Gaviota State Park, California? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, views trails, dogs no trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Gaviota State Park ranging from 2 to 6.6 miles and from 75 to 2,454 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
This park is a popular spot for swimming, picnicking, surf fishing and camping. Geology and ocean enthusiasts can both enjoy the varied terrain of the park. Camping reservations should be made well in advance.
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Map of trails in Gaviota State Park
Park information
Acreage
2787 acres
Park hours
Monday
7:00 am - dusk
Tuesday
7:00 am - dusk
Wednesday
7:00 am - dusk
Thursday
7:00 am - dusk
Friday
7:00 am - dusk
Saturday
7:00 am - dusk
Sunday
7:00 am - dusk
Contact
805-968-1033
Top trails (8)
#1 - Gaviota Wind Caves Trail
Gaviota State Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
This hike features beautiful wind sculpted caves and incredible ocean vistas. This is a semi-strenuous but short out and back hike. The trail begins by following an old road along gaviota creek movinShow more
#2 - Gaviota Hot Springs and Trespass Trail
Gaviota State Park
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 3 h 39 m
Note: Sections of this trail go through private property. $2 parking feeShow more
#3 - Gaviota Peak Trail
Gaviota State Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 50 m
Gaviota Peak Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Goleta, California that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and wShow more
#4 - Tunnel View Loop Trail
Gaviota State Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
Starting near the bottom of Trespass Trail, the trail takes a somewhat lower route for a different viewpoint that includes the Gaviota Tunnel before meeting Trespass Trail again. The route is just ovShow more
#5 - Beach to Wind Caves and Backcountry Trail
Gaviota State Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
Beach to Wind Caves and Backcountry Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Goleta, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail oShow more
#6 - Overlook Fire Road
Gaviota State Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
Overlook Fire Road—This 3-mile round trip is worth the climb—at the top you are greeted by a sweeping vista of the Channel Islands. Show more
#7 - Yucca Trail
Gaviota State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
Yucca Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Goleta, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, runningShow more
#8 - Bald Mountain via Gaviota Peak Trail
Gaviota State Park
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 6 h 10 m
Bald Mountain via Gaviota Peak Trail is a 9.9 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Goleta, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily uShow more