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Gaviota Hot Springs and Trespass Trail

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Gaviota State Park

Gaviota Hot Springs and Trespass Trail is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Goleta, California that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length6.6 miElevation gain2214 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingMountain bikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningCaveHot springsRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyFeeNo dogs
Description
Waypoints (5)

$2 parking fee

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (375)
Photos (641)
Recordings (368)
Completed (656)
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Brady Konya
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Hiking

3/4 of it is pretty stunning, and a 1/4 of it Forrest access road. Definitely worth the visit for the vistas.

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Mike Pajka
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David Mullins
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HikingGreat!

Pretty cool trail. Somewhat steep climbing but trails are pretty smooth

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Mark Grosen
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Stephen Bartlett
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HikingGreat!

Great workout and beautiful views! I’d go counterclockwise so you reach the hot springs toward the end. Spring was relaxing and the sulphur smell wasn’t as bad as I’d anticipated.

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Ana M
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To do the full loop you MUST be prepared. We weren’t and it was extremely tiring.

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Mari Schneider
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Hiking

Nice trail with beautiful hot springs..I went the direction towards the peak and hot springs first, clockwise I believe, I’d recommend doing it in the reverse order so you are able to end your hike at the hot springs and not come about them in the beginning. Nice little treat to end the hike with, I hiked back to them after I finished just to be able to enjoy.

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Debbie Leong
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A few people recommended this trail to me and I’m so glad I listened. We went counterclockwise, so up there Trespass Trail and down the road. The views were spectacular and the hike was gorgeous yet steep and rocky in places. The flora was beautiful because you move between chaparral and oaks with Spanish Moss. Don’t miss the hot springs. Very picturesque but a bit too sulphury smelling for me. Be mindful of where the trail goes once it leaves private property there are no signs after the first three miles. But stay left if going up the Trespass Trail to the top and then when coming off the peak, make a hard left when you come to the dirt road. We saw three different groups of people make wrong turns. So be mindful.

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rapid roller
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This hike was absolutely gorgeous the whole way, and very challenging yet manageable. And chilling in the hot spring at the end of it just made it one of the most amazing experiences. If you have around 4 hours to kill, this hike cannot be missed!

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Thomas McElfresh
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Super great. Love the cache at the top!

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Jennifer Volk
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HikingFeeGreat!Scramble

Trail was great! I went counter-clockwise so I could see the hot springs on the way down. Started at about 7:50am and finished a little after 11:00. Marine layer present, which you climb above when you get closer to the peak. Lots of cool sights, smells, terrain. Something to note: I strongly recommend taking your time and stopping for more than just a few breaths when you get tired. I'm a very profuse sweater and started getting heat exhaustion on the last stretch to the peak. I have never gotten heat exhaustion before so I assume it was primarily because the trail became very exposed to the sun's heat (marine layer gone, very little wind to cool you off). The way up in the last section before the peak (1-2mi) is 90-95% uphill with few breaks and flat sections, and is exposed to sun, so you may want to plan better than I did about resting. Godspeed!

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Georgia Peach
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Albert Wong
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Both my friends Apple Watch says 8 miles instead of 6.6. Pretty exploded and pretty rocky on the way up (we went counter clockwise). Couldn’t see the ocean at the top because of the marina layer. If do this in the summer, start early.

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Eri Mora
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Angela Bull
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Got to the parking lot at 8:30 am, started the clockwise direction, and saw almost no one for the first half. Once I reached the peak, I started to see more people, but still nothing crazy. By the time I was leaving, there were a lot more people. Starting early is a great idea for the lack of crowds, but also because most of the trail is cool and shaded. Even still, bring water, and wear sunscreen and a hat. The clockwise direction starts with a no-nonsense, steep, 3 mile uphill. The trail is wide and well-kept, and not technical at all. Once you get over the peak to the other (south) side, the trail is narrower and requires a little more footwork, but this side is where all the magic happens. Overall, I really enjoyed this trail. I pushed myself and did the whole loop in two hours, and it was a great way to start the day. Of course, because of this I completely missed the hot springs (I didn’t see a sign for them, but I might have been blind). That just means I have a reason to go back.

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F S
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Went counterclockwise. Significant incline to peak. Cool cave. Do not take left fork at 2.1 miles. Outstanding views.

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Elsa Cheung
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The hot spring pools are close to the freeway and trailhead, making it ideal for a quick soak. There are a couple of pools that can each sit 5-6 people comfortably. The water are not really hot, but quite warm. The water in the top pool is a little warmer and clearer than the bottom one. We soak in the top one, where it's shaded by some Palm trees. Some of the rocks on the bottom are quite sharp, and yet can be slippery due to the moss on them. So tread very carefully. Have fun.

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Gabriela Gomez
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Gabriela Gomez
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Paul Mccarty
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Freaking 87 degrees at 9pm!!!

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Christina Sin
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It’s a more moderate and beautiful trail with so much shade! Very tolerable. About a mile in, you’ll reach the hot springs. Light traffic.

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Reggie Serrano
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Very hot today.

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Mickey Cohen
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Love trail

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Nathan M
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This turned out to be a really beautiful loop trail. I would rate this as moderate in cool temps. We got lucky with fog and low clouds that kept the temps down. Beautiful views, especially on Trespass with the rock structures and caves. Definitely a bear up on the fire road route up. There were a lot of tracks and fresh bear scat filled with all the cherries up there. Overall it was a great hike. On IG as @picbynathan

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