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 7 moderate trails in Gaviota State Park ranging from 2 to 6.2 miles and from 75 to 2,447 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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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over grown
3 days ago

Great hike. One of the reviews suggested hiking counter-clockwise and it was a GREAT suggestion. Had beautiful views that may have been missed hiked in the other direction. Trip down from the peak was steep. my knees and calves got worked!

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rocky
8 days ago

Very difficult trail, worth the view at the end.

It was a lovely hike up to the first wind cave. After that it got much steeper and harder for my child and me to ascend and feel safe. We made it to the top of the wind caves and had an amazing view. The cool temperature and shade of the caves were very appreciated in the mid-day sun.

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rocky
13 days ago

Beautiful hike just about all year round. It is most beautiful in the spring when the meadows are blooming and everything is green. Hiked here yesterday - be careful to watch for snakes. Saw two gopher snakes and two rattlesnakes.

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scramble
15 days ago

This is actually a pretty strenuous hike, just not too long. Beautiful views of the ocean and mountains. Biting flies out in force. Bring bug spray.

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over grown
20 days ago

We did this hike a few years ago on a cloudy morning, so we didn’t get the full impression of the Trespass views. Although there are some nice vistas on the Trespass section, the overgrown trail and bugs detract from the experience. Long pants make it much more bearable. Also, don’t forget your $2 for parking.

we just made it to the hot springs and they were awesome. Easy hike and access to it.

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over grown
1 month ago

Fun trail. The beginning is tough but it mellows out quite a bit after that.

Semi-strenuous walk but worth it! The beginning of the trail is paved then you are basically going up the whole time. The first cave is very accessible, but the others are not as easy. There was a bit of rock climbing involved to get to the peak and the other caves, but I would highly recommend it. There were bugs but nothing to worry about. Highly recommend this hike!

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rocky
washed out
1 month ago

Did this trail counterclockwise. The first part of Trespass was beautiful, but after the Tunnel View junction it was totally overgrown with waist and armpit high grasses. Ticks, flies, bees in the grass, which also made it hard to see the large gopher snake and rattlesnake on the trail. Beautiful views and terrain, but recommend avoiding this trail until conditions improve.

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bugs
1 month ago

Loved this hike! Being lots of water, water is always worth the extra weight. And plenty of sunscreen. We started up the fire trail and came down trespass. But I’d like to try the reverse next time. Our group was mixed with people at different levels of hiking, and we stopped frequently on the way up. But when we were stopped the flies came out and I was bit by them several times. The flies were also at the peak and that was annoying. But the view was astonishing and we wrote in the hiking logs. Next time I go I’m bringing an empty composition journal to leave up there, cause the others were full. Trespass trail was narrow and had more parts that leveled out. Have fun out there!

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over grown
1 month ago

A significant portion of the trail was overgrown and I was picking ticks off me. There was also a crazy amount of flies at the peak. I would not recommend this hike.

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