Aniso Trail from El Capitan State Beach to Refugio State Beach [CLOSED]

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Aniso Trail from El Capitan State Beach to Refugio State Beach [CLOSED] is a 5.2 mile out and back trail located near Goleta, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.2 miles
180 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

road biking

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3 months ago

This trail has a closed portion, but the entire trail isn't closed. If you start at El Capitan, you can avoid the closed portion by heading down to the beach for a bit, then back up. If you start at Refugio you have much more trail. This trail is easy, and paved. Some areas you can't see the ocean due to plant growth, but there are some lovely quiet beaches along the way. A really nice way to walk a section of the Gaviota Coast.
Pro Tip: Use the bathroom before heading in either direction. Pro pro tip: A lot of the bathrooms are locked. Keep trying. It's like an Easter egg hunt!

8 months ago

Don't know how long the trail has been closed, but I used the bypass and felt very unsafe. There are a couple of paths down to the beach, that was nice. You can see the ocean almost the entire time which us beautiful, but the trail itself is just an asphalt path.

10 months ago

trail is closed. July 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A lovely little trail for a coastal stroll...

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

This hike was by no means difficult. It was however calming and beautiful. There is a fee to use the state park.

trail running
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

One of my favorite and most frequent runs in Santa Barbara. I would start at Lifeguard HQ on the cliffs of El Capitan Beach and run along the bike path to Refugio beach and back. The run offers breathtaking views of the Gaviota Coast.

FYI the "Road Closed" sign can be bypassed by an opening in the brush on the ocean side about 20 feet before the fence. I would only recommend this trail for running or walking as the bike path is in disrepair, rather steep, and the fences make bicycling unpleasant.

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road biking
7 months ago

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Thursday, August 11, 2016

mountain biking
Saturday, August 09, 2014