love the views... and the history

beautiful place to walk around and tour the history of the mission. been coming here for years. the park hands can get a little aggressive from time to time. just ignore them. I come for the nature experience not the people/volunteer experience.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Great for beginners. Easy climb. Scenic views.

hiking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

More beautiful than I expected! I went up to the cross, then at a Y in the path after the cross, I went left and eventually reached the trail marker where you can go up to Santa Rita Mesa or, as I did, go left toward La Artesia. There was another fork after that where I went right and ended up going down steeply to the access road and back to the mission. Don't know what the distance was, but all the sand made it seem longer, I think!

hiking
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Great! Lots of fun. I took the trail that heads up to the cross (great view of Lompoc Valley - trailhead just passed visitor center) then kept on the trail passed the cross. Eventually following the fence line and heading up on Rita Mesa. Very sandy (beach like) trail past the cross. Some decent hill climbs all on sandy trails makes for a good workout! Take plenty of water and maybe a snack for energy. Stayed on the trail and ended up on an access road for an easy walk back to the mission and start of trail. Fun hike! About 4.8 miles or so on my route. Felt like more because of that sand! Got pretty windy too around 11:30am. Good hike! Really recommend it! Just far enough away from civilization to feel refreshing but not really that far away!

hiking
Friday, April 22, 2016

hiking
Friday, November 06, 2015

hiking
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The lower loop is a good warm up track, the upper loop add another mile with a few hills. There are water towers you can walk to as well off the lower loop a steady up hill road.

Easy trail. Excellent for beginners. It's beautiful country and has plenty of wildlife around. If you're a bird watcher... it's a must do.

hiking
Saturday, January 03, 2015

walking
Sunday, June 08, 2014

walking trails are fine, very easy. definitely hike to the cross. entrance is just left of the visitor center. will go back with dogs. $6 to park or just pull over at the farm across the street and it's free.99.

walking
Monday, December 30, 2013

hiking
Friday, June 28, 2013

road biking
Monday, April 29, 2013

Beautiful bike and hike trails! Easy trail but you can hit the uphill trails and increase intensity.

walking
Sunday, March 24, 2013