Gaviota Wind Caves Trail

MODERATE 120 reviews
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Gaviota Wind Caves Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Goleta, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
590 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

surfing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Beautiful wind sculpted caves, incredible ocean vistas. This is a semi-strenuous but short in and out hike. The begins trail following an old road along gaviota creek moving inland. This part is mostly flat with lots of riparian birds. As you head towards the hills, you can see final destination as series of holes in the sandstone outcroppings ahead. After about 3/4 of a mile you will start the ascending switchback, which was very well-maintained. Continuing along the ridgeline you'll come to the first wind cave. Cross through the wind cave and the trail gets much steeper with a couple of switch backs, until you reach the bottom of the second cave. To left is a trail, or you can scramble straight up. The views from the top are not to be believed.

hiking
27 days ago

1 month ago

Fun hike! Great views

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

About a two mile trip to the first set of wind caves and back. Fun trail, with a relatively gradual incline most of the way up. The wind caves are fun.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike. Took my 11 year old son and he had a great time.

1 month ago

An awesome trail with great views of the ocean and surrounding hills

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail with impressive wind caves. After reaching the designated end, you can continue on to explore some additional caves. Despite being fairly well trafficked, we saw to King snakes on this trial, so watch your step.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely awesome ! great workout and amazing view! it can be a little tough for small children.

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walking
2 months ago

Great trail, for a moderate designation it has 3 section with steep incline, with hands on the ground type scrambling loved it

3 months ago

great trail next time id like to do it with the sunrise

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Lots of rock scrambling and steep ascent. The view and caves at the end are worth it. My be difficult for small kids