If you go to UCSB or work there, this is a great trail. If you love bird watching, you'll dig the lagoon. This mixed use trail is pieced together with sections of single track, bike path, hardpack, and maintained crushed granite walkways. There are interpretive signs around the lagoon educating about birds, plant life, restoration, whale migration, and more. If you are from out of town looking for a place to explore, I wouldn't recommend this hike over some others, with one exception: the Lagoon Island Labyrinth. This labyrinth is the largest I've personally seen (out of several), and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Overall, a nice morning walk, with plenty of parking at Goleta State Beach.

Nice views. Good family time

trail not clearly marked in some places

hiking
Saturday, November 30, 2013

A beautiful hike nearby Goleta beach and UCSB. There is also a bicycle path that will take a person toward the scenic and seaside areas of Santa Barbara.

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2011

Oh, what fond memories. At the lagoon, I have meditated for a class, checked out Black-necked Stilts for another, and taken the K9 for strolls. The beach is perfect for a picnic with kids, dogs, and tired graduate students. Both are great for bike trips.

hiking
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

walking
Saturday, January 12, 2013