Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Gaviota State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Not easy for beginners! But a lot of fun!

on Gaviota Peak Trail

12 days ago

wonderful mother's day hike!

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!

2 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✌

2 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.

3 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.

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!

3 months ago

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

Very interesting and unique

3 months ago

I tracked it as five miles instead of 3 but no the less really nice trail. Very open because it’s a fire road and the view from the Over look is impressive

3 months ago

Really nice trail! Excellent views at the top. Trail is well maintained both ways. I went up the fire road and down trespass trail.

Went up on Trespass and down on Gaviota Trail (road). It is a strenuous climb at the top.
Views on the Trespass side are great if the weather is clear. Views on the Gaviota Trail side are of the valleys.

3 months ago

My girlfriend a I hiked the trail on the Super, Blue, Red moon yesterday! Got to the top half hour before moon rise and a hour before sunset.
Beautiful! But got a $96 parking ticket at 6:30pm!
Bummer since these moons come only every 35 yrs. Park on the road outside the parking area!

Excellent trail. Suggest going up the burn road and down the trespass trail - excellent views from trespass. We did it other way round - took 4 and a half hours.

Very nice easy to follow trail. Very little shade-need to do early morning before direct sun gets too hot. Big open views.

A good workout but on a dirt road the whole way up. A boring hike until you finally get to the top.

We only went up to the hot springs but it was a nice little hike. It’s mostly on a dirt road with a pretty steady incline so it’s not too difficult. The springs were lukewarm and definitely had a sulfur stink to them but they’re pretty cool! Bring bug spray, as there are a ton of bugs near the springs. Overall a nice quick hike right off the highway.

nice trail with good hills to work on the legs

7 months ago

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

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

Easy dirt road. The elevation change is pretty steady. Great view at the top! Totally worth it!!

bring $2 for parking

11 months ago

Okay in the winter but too hot in the Summer. We just did this a couple days ago and the heat was brutal. Bring a hat and a few liters of water. That dry heat combined with almost no shade will get you! Lots of the trespass trail is overgrown with tall grasses so do tick checks often and wear pants. Nice views though

I had a lot of fun on this trail. We only went to the Hot Springs, but the views are beautiful and the Springs are tranquil. For a fun, short hike I definitely recommend this one.

If you're coming from US-101 N, take exit 132 towards Lompoc/Vandenberg and turn right at the exit and drive down the hill for parking.

3 hours round trip. BRING BUG SPRAY AND A HAT. Views are great hike is pretty boring majority of it on double track road. Did I mention to bring bug spray? Also heads up on the poison oak.

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