Gaviota Hot Springs and Trespass Trail is a 6.2 mile loop trail located near Goleta, California that features hot springs. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options.

6.2 miles
2,181 feet


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


hot springs



wild flowers

no dogs

2.00 parking fee

1 month ago

2 months ago

The path was partly fire road going counterclockwise then narrowed to single track most of the way until you got to the peak. The peak was worth the constant “are we there yet?” feeling though. After the peak it was a wide fire road all the way down. Bring lots of water. Easily went through 2L as it was 80* and full sun. The views on Trespass trail are amazing!
No port a potty at the trailhead. Bring $2 for parking fee.

2 months ago

If you love hiking the Trespass Trail to Gaviota Peak is by far one of the best hikes i have completed this year. It is not overly strenuous for the average hike although the last half mile to the peak is certainly grueling. I'm not sure how many times I asked myself we must be there, right? But the trail is very enjoyable, lots of true hiking experiences, many different things to see - fields, oak trees, rock formations, the ocean, other peaks, etc. It is not boring at all. The Wind Caves were a nice break in the climb up, and I highly recommend the detour to the Tunnel Overlook. It reconnects with the trail to the top and provides some great views. We took the fire road down which was fine, as we saw the sunset at the top so it was dark. I would think that the fire road up is arduous, great exercise, but by no means a true hike. Going down it was non-stop descent, so the reverse would be true. We did not visit the hot springs as it was dark.

3 months ago

nice hike beautiful hot springs

4 months ago

Love it . An Amazing view. This is my second trail in Santa Barbara and I can say the best few I have had for now ;) I can see so far ... I even think I saw LA ;) just one detail , if you start the trail start it from the left side - it’s harder bd you are really feeling that you are hiking . Because on the way back it’s just a regular road

5 months ago

Not easy for beginners! But a lot of fun!

6 months ago

So much fun and amazing view all the way. Like to go up in hot spring to the peak since the view from trespass is better. It is better when you are going down hill and appreciate the view on the way back when you already done the hard work going up.

6 months ago

I enjoyed the hike, we did the loop counterclockwise taking the trespass trail first and it was steep and strenuous for more than several parts of it. The view was amazing. Coming back down towards the hot springs is a steady downslope which was a bit hard on the knees down. I recommend bringing plenty of water3-5 liters each and some snacks. Sunscreen and a hat were also nice as we ended up above the clouds. Don’t forget your $2 cash!

7 months ago

fun adventures hike✌

8 months ago

Great loop with an easy to follow trail. The incline doesn't vary much and is never that steep. The trail is exposed most of the time with what shade there is coming on the fire trail on the way down. The views are great throughout the hike with stunning views of the water and surrounding mountains. Easy to get to and find as its right off the 101. $2.00 to park so bring cash!

8 months ago

Very interesting and unique

8 months ago

Went up on Trespass and down on Gaviota Trail (road). It is a strenuous climb at the top.
Views on the Trespass side are great if the weather is clear. Views on the Gaviota Trail side are of the valleys.

8 months ago

My girlfriend a I hiked the trail on the Super, Blue, Red moon yesterday! Got to the top half hour before moon rise and a hour before sunset.
Beautiful! But got a $96 parking ticket at 6:30pm!
Bummer since these moons come only every 35 yrs. Park on the road outside the parking area!

9 months ago

We only went up to the hot springs but it was a nice little hike. It’s mostly on a dirt road with a pretty steady incline so it’s not too difficult. The springs were lukewarm and definitely had a sulfur stink to them but they’re pretty cool! Bring bug spray, as there are a ton of bugs near the springs. Overall a nice quick hike right off the highway.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Love Gavoita Peak, Great Hike, Great view overall challenging but every little bit is worth it

Friday, June 16, 2017

I had a lot of fun on this trail. We only went to the Hot Springs, but the views are beautiful and the Springs are tranquil. For a fun, short hike I definitely recommend this one.

If you're coming from US-101 N, take exit 132 towards Lompoc/Vandenberg and turn right at the exit and drive down the hill for parking.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

it's a hard incline trail for 3.5 miles and then it goes down the way back. we took the hot springs path up which is wider, less bushes, less thorns, and trespass trail down which is narrow with amazing views. the hot springs are over rated, kinda bullshit and it's a detour from the main trail. in a hot day, take lots of water, 2~3 liters per person because it's pretty open, no shade almost all the way.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Visiting from Scotland I had heard there was a good viewpoint over the Pacific from Gaviota State Park and headed up from Long Beach for a look. The views were great and I did almost get bitten by a rattlesnake so be careful people. It was hard going in the heat but I did come down with a sense of accomplishment and no water left in my backpack - thirsty thirsty!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Good views from the top. As the map says, make the loop counterclockwise- unless you want a steady and constant climb up a fire road. View at the top is good. But views along the uphill hike were more spectacular. Springs are gross, trashy, and buggy. Shame that people don't pick up after themselves.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Awesome trail. A lot harder than I expected. Uphill most of the way if you take trespass up. Loved every moment though. Scenic and beautiful. Bring water and a snack. It takes awhile.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Great hike. Although, there is NO dog access as stated. Also, there is a 2.00 parking fee

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Going up took me a couple of hours, but I took my time hiking this one alone. I went up the Gaviota Hot Springs Trail & then up to the Peak, resting at the top to journal and enjoy the scenery. Going down Trespass Trail with those gorgeous ocean views and surrounding Flora was lovely.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Took Trespass Trail yo to the peak. much rockier than Peak Trail side. Great hike, lots of sun so bring sunscreen. Much of the thinner portions of the trail have overgrown brush. Would do again.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Good hike! I just started hiking this year and this trail was pretty challenging. Bring plenty of water and a few snacks for breaks along the way. My gps said about a 7 mile hike with elevation gain of about 2,000 in the first 3.5 miles. Totally worth the effort! Incredible views! Don't forget the $2.00 for the trailhead parking. It's a self serve payment envelope system but I've heard the park rangers check cars parked there pretty regularly and issue citations.

After I got to Gaviota Peak I took Trespass Trail down. Trail is narrow and single track for most of it and pretty rocky compared to the peak trail going up. Peak trail is like a 5 line interstate highway compared to Trespass which is more of a 1 lane country road. Had to crawl over a few rocks, vegetation overgrown near the trail (made me wish I was wearing pants and not shorts!). Definitely, had to watch my footing for most of it! Really rocky at some points and not very well trafficked when I went out. A little harder getting back to the trailhead than when I've used the peak trail. In the end, glad I took it though but if I were hiking alone again I would take the peak trail up and down.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Hike this trail clockwise if you want to get the most out of the ocean views; counter-clockwise if you want to save your knees by going up, rather than down, the steepest part of Trespass Trail.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Nice but a little dirty. there's black berries and raspberries along the trail

Saturday, September 28, 2013

This trail is no joke; a steep uphill most of the way. Kicked our butts good!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Started up to Gaviota peak by way of Tresspass Trail. It starts off clear enough but soon you are navigating through lots of scrub brush. The scrubbiness stays with you most of the way up. You see parts of the range that most people don't because of the trails seldom use. The view at the top is commanding with 360 degrees view around the peak. Write your name is the tin can atop the peak. We returned via the Gaviota peak trail which is an easier double track and completed a loop of just over 6 miles. Take plenty of water for the trek!

12 days ago

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