Gibraltar Dam Loop via Gibraltar Road and Matias Trail

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Los Padres National Forest

Gibraltar Dam Loop via Gibraltar Road and Matias Trail is a 10.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length10.6 miElevation gain2,349 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsRunningDog friendlyLakeRiverViewsRockyNo shade
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Alejandra Duenas
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Alejandra Duenas
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Frank Spada
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Jocilyn Schumacher
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Great hike but it is incredibly easy to miss the turn offs! Also, it’s very tick infested so be sure to do lots of tick checks especially on the animals.

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jason goodner
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Chelsea Jones
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Beautiful hike but a bit overgrown on the lower section. It is super easy to miss the exit and entrance to this hike as it is slightly obscure. There is also a huge oak limb in the middle of the trail. Super buggy because of all of the stagnant water.

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Dakota Soderlund
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Lower part of the trail has a good amount of poison oak. Some bugs out right now in August. Bring 2+ liters of water, I ran out towards the end. Overall great hike, easy to navigate.

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Pauline Ziserman
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The whole loop is a pretty difficult hike. We started with the easy part: the road going down to the dam which is pretty nice and very well maintained. The second part, once you leave the dam and start to go up is a bit problematic. First you need to be extra cautious not to miss the small path on the left. From there, you'll have to cross a torrent 4 or 5 times, using rocks or fallen trees (or barefoot at some point). Once you get to Matias trail, the way up goes through a lot of fallen trees and bushes, it's a bit tricky to walk through and makes the path hard to find at times. The whole hike is beautiful though, and the views of the mountains and the dam is amazing! Careful to bring enough water.

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Matt Broe
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Javi B
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Roman Stahl
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Ryan Leeton
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Phillip Neman
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Rivers I
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Rachel Portugal
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Dan Clark
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Marco Sulin
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Ryan Leeton
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Christopher Haskell
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Kara Maceross
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EL Nene Club
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Eric Satterblom
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Dayn Wilberding
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Valerie Norton
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