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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.

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13 days ago

Great hike. Not too long or hard. Great views from the top!

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22 days ago

Great quick local escape

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29 days ago

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1 month ago

hour up, hour down. 98% dirt road. good for stamina.

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2 months ago

Love Gavoita Peak, Great Hike, Great view overall challenging but every little bit is worth it

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Fun hike! Great views

About a two mile trip to the first set of wind caves and back. Fun trail, with a relatively gradual incline most of the way up. The wind caves are fun.

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