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Gaviota Peak Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Goleta, California that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

Length5.9 miElevation gain2162 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingWalkingForestHot springsViewsWildflowersNo dogs
Waypoints (3)
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Gaviota Peak
The Peak
34.50182, -120.19873
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Cut off to Hot Springs
34.50315, -120.21978
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Just past the Gate
34.50455, -120.21524
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Reviews (363)
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Recordings (341)
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Billy Lucas
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Josh Kern
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Troy Birotte
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Mike Andersson
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Beautiful hike, lots of great views and it was a perfect day. Not too hot and just enough wind to keep you cool. The last mile is steeper than the first two so it’s tougher and makes the end so much sweeter, and it’s worth it!

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Kim Brown
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Worth the effort- difficult and great views!

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David Sanders
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James Donaldson
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Very wide and clearly marked trail. Did a few extra miles to the adjacent peak. The hot springs are a 8’ round grotto built into the land. Take the smaller path instead of the wide fire road to reach it. Great views of the ocean. Did this counter clockwise.

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Celine Lum
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Very hot out! Glad I brought sunglasses, hat, and lots of water. I don’t think this hike is worth going to the top. Maybe just for the hot springs.

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Eri Mora
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Dan Clark
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Jaimi Patel
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HikingFeeNo shadeOff trailOver grown

We did this hike yesterday, Aug 31 2020. We are both relatively fit and active and in our early 30s. The weather was surprisingly cool and cloudy at 10AM at 68 degrees and we were in leggings and long sleeve layers. We followed the advice of some other reviewers and took the trespass trail up and fire road back down to create a loop. Just be aware that the trespass trail forks off a few times so it can become confusing and we got a little off path. We used google maps to identify where the actual trail is and were able to get back on. Really eerie and quiet on the way up, while walking amidst the clouds. We stopped to turn around and admire the views quite a few times. Once you get to the top you can't really see much, but as you come down fire road there are beautiful views at every turn. Just before we got to the top the sun came out and and it was STRONG; temp rose to 72. Made the mistake of not bringing sunblock, sunglasses, and a hat. By the last bit I was fatigued by the constant uphill and was anxious to get to the top so we could begin downhill, bc like everyone says, it's pretty much straight up. Also on the way down, the constant downhill became tiresome. It can be slippery at times due to loose rock and sand. By the end of it we had pretty much had it. Also, due to the relatively comfortable weather, we didnt drink the 1L of water we each brought with us. For us, we made it up trespass in 2 hours, just under 4 miles. Made the 3 miles back down in 1:05, for a total of 7 miles. It was worth it!

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jonathan Salgado
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Angie Lee
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HikingGreat!

HARD but worth it

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Christine Nicole
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It's a worthy hike. The views are worth it. So, if you don't mind paying a little bit of cash to park right at the trail head, I recommend parking there: it's shaded for a major part of the day. Otherwise, you have to find free parking along the road. As of July 2020, dogs aren't allowed on the trails. There are signs that state this. The trail goes up, then down a quick bit, then steadily up. There is a major turning point on the trail, just under 2,000 feet, there it LOOKS like you're getting close to the top. Don't let it psych you out, but once you get to a major Forest Road, you can either go left/North (Bald Mtn. Trail) or right, to the top of Gaviota Peak. The trail is more rocky, and narrows. Once you get to the top, you'll find the geo marker towards the left, on a rock. Unless you come on a foggy/cool day, be sure to bring a LOT of water, glasses, and head cover if you need it. Most of the trail is in the sun, especially during the summer.

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daniel boschke
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Great hike, start early so you are in the shade! Bring lots of water.

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Diana Garibay
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grown

we started trail to the right and their is hardly any shade on that side also bushes are overgrown and lots and lots of flies, even the ones that bite. overall ok we went all the way around the loop and it was 6.6mi

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Nicholas Brundy
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BEWARE!!- ran into a huge bear on the trail. Was told my park rangers a bear frequents that area. Came within 6 feet of it but thank god still abided by social distancing rules. Be careful. Hike is definitely challenging. 6.5 miles on my watch round trip. Uphill the whole time on the way up and downhill the whole time and the way back. Open for most of the hike so have covering and sunscreen. It was 90 degrees today so more water was needed. A gallon would be great so your not rationing yourself the whole time. Overgrown a bit so lots of bees lizards and other creatures. Did not see a rattle snake thank god. Bear was enough for a day.

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Bluefox ;)
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Benjamin Van Heusden
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Pretty bad ticks going up on trespass.

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Hannah Warrick
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Super fun, straightforward, and decently easy hike! It’s a little steep, but the trail is pretty short so my boyfriend and I had to problem making it to the top. There were some snakes (rattlers), wasps, and lots of bees so if you’re allergic to any of those things bring Benadryl and an Epipen, obviously. I had a little over a liter of water and wished that I had brought more. Wear sunscreen cause there is very little shade. Beautiful wildflowers, and a nice view at the top!

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Benjamin Van Heusden
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