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#29 of 90 state parks in California

Best trails in Gaviota State Park, California

1,348 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Gaviota State Park, California? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views 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 5.7 miles and from 75 to 1,020 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, California
Park information
Acreage:
2,787 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
Helpful links
Top trails (9)
#1 - Gaviota Hot Springs and Trespass Trail
Gaviota State Park
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 3 h 39 m
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#2 - 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 moving inland. This part is mostly flat with lots of riparian birds. As you head towards the hills, you can see the final destination as a series of holes in the sandstone outcroppings ahead. After about 3/4 of a mile you will start the ascending switchback, which is very well-maintained. Continue along the ridgeline and you'll come to the first wind cave. Cross through the wind cave and the trail gets much steeper with a couple of switch backs until you reach the bottom of the second cave. There is a trail to your left, or you can scramble straight up. The views from the top are beautiful.Show more
#3 - Gaviota Peak Trail
Gaviota State Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 50 m
#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 over a mile and becomes a 3 mile loop with Trespass.Show 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
#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
#8 - Bald Mountain via Gaviota Peak Trail
Gaviota State Park
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 6 h 10 m
#9 - Las Cruces to Gaviota Windows Cave
Gaviota State Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m
You can park at the end of San Julian Road past the school. Parking may be limited. This spot gives access to a lot of trail options. Most of the trail is a fire access road which is not too overgrown. Portions are overgrown to overhead height. Show more