Point Sal State Beach (SB) is located in the northwestern part of Santa Barbara County, near the city of Guadalupe. The park consists of approximately 80 acres and includes just over 1 1/2 miles of ocean frontage. Lands above the beach and rocky shoreline have extremely steep slopes, and numerous landslides are evident. Prime examples of coastal sage and chaparral communities occur on these slopes. Giant coreopsis is abundant in the area and dominates wildflower displays in the spring. Views of the coastline, beach and rugged mountain slopes are exceptional. Lion Rock, located offshore, is an important bird-roosting site and is also used by sea lions and other marine mammals. Recreational activities at Point Sal SB include fishing, beach combing, hiking, nature study, photography, picnicking and sunbathing. Because of extremely dangerous rip currents, occasional shark sightings, and the absence of Lifeguard service, swimming is not recommended. Persons found camping in the park are subject to citation, arrest, or eviction by Park Rangers. Because of security concerns at adjacent Vandenberg Air Force Base, Air Police also strictly enforce the no camping rule at Point Sal SB. The park has no picnic tables, toilets or other recreational facilities.

hiking
16 days ago

Hiked the trail yesterday with my brother from Connecticut. 2/1/18. Perfect weather, endless vistas spanning 90 miles of the central coast.
Soaring hawks dominated the wildlife.
4 hours 22 minutes 10 miles on the nose.
Be prepared for the steep 2 miles from the overlook back to the apex, after that gently rolling and downhill to the parking lot.
Recommend chili rellenos at the Guadalupe cafe when dinw

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent workout and great views of coastline.

backpacking
1 month ago

Just got back from hiking from the Gaud dunes to Point Sal beach. We starting on the road leading to the Guadalupe Beach parking lot. We hiked up and down across the dunes until we hit Mussel Rock. There's a steep sandy drop leading down to Paradise beach. Next day we hiked up and out of Paradise along the ridge of Point Sal. Heading south on the ridge we came across a spot that seemed washed out by water leading down to Point Sal beach. There's a steep trail next to this wash out running down the mountain side. It seems intimidating upon appearance, but definitely saves a couple hours from having to walk around the whole ridge line to get down to the beach. This route is definitely a hard one. Be very cautions if backpacking. The trail will take you down to the very North tip of Point Sal beach. I do not recommend taking this route alone.To get to the parking lot of Point Sal from the beach, we found the beach access at the south side of the beach. Once on the paved road, you can choose to take a shortcut straight up to the top, or follow the winding long road. The shortcut connects to the road you're own. Another indicator of the shortcut is a water runoff drain at the top of the shortcut. Once you've hit the paved road you're back on track to the parking lot. Bring camping gear and lots of food and water. This route is not one for the weary. I hope this helps out anyone looking to explore this area. Safe travels!

backpacking
1 month ago

Just got back from hiking from the Gaud dunes to Point Sal beach. We starting on the road leading to the Guadalupe Beach parking lot. We hiked up and down across the dunes until we hit Mussel Rock. There's a steep sandy drop leading down to Paradise beach. Next day we hiked up and out of Paradise along the ridge of Point Sal. Heading south on the ridge we came across a spot that seemed washed out by water leading down to Point Sal beach. There's a steep trail next to this wash out running down the mountain side. It seems intimidating upon appearance, but definitely saves a couple hours from having to walk around the whole ridge line to get down to the beach. This route is definitely a hard one. Be very cautions if backpacking. The trail will take you down to the very North tip of Point Sal beach. I do not recommend taking this route alone.To get to the parking lot of Point Sal from the beach, we found the beach access at the south side of the beach. Once on the paved road, you can choose to take a shortcut straight up to the top, or follow the winding long road. The shortcut connects to the road you're own. Another indicator of the shortcut is a water runoff drain at the top of the shortcut. Once you've hit the paved road you're back on track to the parking lot. Bring camping gear and lots of food and water. This route is not one for the weary. I hope this helps out anyone looking to explore this area. Safe travels!

hiking
3 months ago

great views, bring lots of water and some snacks. be cautious after dark, there was a lot of broken glass in the parking lot and looked like cars had been broken into before.

Nice hike. Kinda ugly in October with the gray brush. But the beach weather was perfect. Paved road most of the whole way. More moderate than hard I would say.

does anyone know how to get done to the beach?

Great hike.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Absolutely loved this hike! When we reached the bottom most of our group stayed on the ridge, however we found a way down to the shore, was a bit challenging getting back up but was definitely worth the challenge. We found a few sea sponges, saw a dead baby whale sadly, and found some beautiful calcite in the fresh cliff. A very rewarding hike and I will definitely do it again.

Great place to get away. Be prepared for a strenuous walk . Take water and food . Poor cell coverage.

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing ocean and coastal mountain views. First part is all up hill then flattens out at the top. switch backs all the way down the back end down to the ocean. Note: you must climb down some pretty crazy rocks and hillside to reach the beach but it's definitely doable. Overall I'd rate the hike as "hard" the trail itself is all dirt road and asphalt however there is some pretty serious incline.

mountain biking
6 months ago

great ride. Mountain Bikes aren't really supposed to be there, so be polite to the hikers.

hiking
7 months ago

really good leg work out. amazing green views right now

The hike was more difficult than I had originally anticipated, but completely doable. We had a blast! The beach was amazing, the waves were perfect, there was sea life all around including dolphins and seals. The climb back up was hard. Basically you are scaling a crumbling sandy cliff. Then you have to gain 1300feet in a mile and a half. Gnarly. But, again, doable. When we returned to the car we had two smashed windows and many personal items missing. The car behind us also had one window smashed. When the police arrived they told us this is not the first time they've had cars broken into here. It's an out of the way area, and they said rows of cars with broken windows are not uncommon. I would love to do the hike again. But, can't afford the losses and damages we incurred.

trail running
7 months ago

a MODERATE walk or jog. This trail, minus the short 50 ft of downhill at the beach, is on a paved/dirt road.

Not much to say about it. If you've ever walked on a road and went to a beach, then picture it and you've got this trail. lolz. Lotz of shattered glass at the trailhead,,,did not look recent,,, but still be cautious about leaving possessions in your car.

Beach is secluded and nice to look at on the way down that beast of a switchbacky slope. Which reminds me...it would be vonderful if the base would allow legal use of existing dirt trail b/c it would drop the length of this walk down probably a mile and a half, and it would make things more exciting.

cool road hiking. would have gotten a beautiful look at the ocean of the kilitary didn't close the gate to the beach right when we got to the top. no signs beneath that they were closing it that day. Beware, the military will close that beach for missile testing in the area.

hiking
10 months ago

Parking was super easy at the trailhead. It was about two hours to get to the "treacherous cliffs" sign, then you have to scale down the cliff to get to the beach (you can tell there have been some landslides). The beach is gorgeous and pretty secluded. Somebody set up some seating with the rocks, so we had lunch. The climb back up the cliff is a little rough, you have to climb through quite a bit of plant life, but it's doable. The two hour hike back to the car isn't too bad, but there are some steep hills (down and back up), you'll definitely feel it in your calves, hamstrings, and glutes. This is not a trail for people with knee and back problems. It was quite warm when we went, bring lots of water...and if you have dogs, please stop letting them poop in the middle of the trail.

hiking
11 months ago

Parking was easy at the trail head. Despite the heavy fog it was a very enjoyable hike. The fog gave it a peaceful, but eerie feel-like zombies were waiting just beyond the bend! Not one I would do alone. We endured for the payoff of the coastline view peeking through the fog at the end. There are some steep hills and uneven terrain so people with knee issues beware. To the guy with the stroller with the kid in it making his way back uphill--props to you!

trail running
11 months ago

Great hike, beautiful view with lots of good scenery. Will do again!

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