Gaviota Wind Caves Trail

MODERATE 131 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
488 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

surfing

trail running

walking

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
3 days ago

I didn’t see a single piece of trash on my way to the wind caves but then I saw someone leave bags of dog poo in the parking lot. If you’re going to bag dog poo only to leave it on the ground, don’t bag it to begin with. You can also hear the nearby highway from the smaller peak. If you have 90 minutes to burn I suggest this hike. Otherwise I think there may be better options nearby

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Not too long or hard. Great views from the top!

1 month ago

Great quick local escape

4 months ago

Fun hike! Great views

5 months 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
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months 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
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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

walking
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

7 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

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike, though not much shade til you get pretty far into it so wear a hat/sunscreen if it's hot. Some very steep inclines at times, otherwise very manageable with a slight but near-constant incline. Be prepared to climb over some rocks. View from the caves is amazing!

7 months ago

8 months ago

Great hike. Incline wasnt too bad after initial hill. Went early to avoid crowds. Caves were awesome, though I was only able to get into the first cave. The caves up top have a small wall of rock that I couldnt get footing to climb up. Next time I'll wear hiking shoes with traction and it should be fine.

8 months ago

It's a great short hike.
Awesome views.
I rate it as a 5 and not a 4Star for two reasons
1. You can feel like some serious Chumash history happened.
2. It's like my backyard.
Fished those waters.
Rode those waves.
Hiked and Hunted the other side.
And it's only a 15min drive.

9 months ago

Great domestic flavored hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Lots of flowers everywhere. This was great little hike with some great views. Highway noise kinda sux but besides that it was fun!

10 months ago

my kids fave

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