Haskell's Beach Access Trail

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Goleta, California

Haskell's Beach Access Trail is a 0.5 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Goleta, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.5 km Elevation Gain: 1 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips






This 500-ft long, 6-ft wide hard-packed trail leads from the parking lot gently down to the beach. - Once on the beach you can walk for 7 miles to the east a less than mean tide. - There is also a short trail up the west side of the bluff to the east to a very nice overlook. A quiet beach except summer days when school is out. Even then it is not crowded. Beware of walking more than a half mile or so in either direction and passing around parts of the bluff that get wet when the tide comes in. Make sure you get back before the tide comes in, especially if the surf is heavy. At very low tide there are some small tide pools. The creek isn't clean enough to swim in. Sometimes there is tar on the beach from the natural seeps offshore. Not positive dogs are allowed on leash. But a fair number of beach walkers bring dogs and many of them let the dogs off leash.

Sun Feb 24 2013

Since I'm brand new to the site I'll refrain from editing the current trail description, but here's how I'd describe it. Haskell's Beach is a barely developed* narrow beach with few visitors. (Though when the 40 car parking lot fills in the summer with some families it can get crowded right near where the access trail meets the beach.) It is popular with beachwalkers (some with dogs off leash) and some tanners and body/boogie boarders/beginning surfers. Like all Goleta beaches with near-beach parking, as you walk east or west you soon are hemmed in by steep bluffs. And in a half mile or so in either direction these bluffs bump out so there are impassable or a challenging scramble at high tide. So beware of getting trapped by the tide on any 5-mi round trip beach walk. There is a nice 200-yd walk up the either side of the bluff to the east to a nice overlook. Natural oil seeps are offshore, so like all Goleta beaches, sometimes tar blobs are on the sand. * The paved parking and wheelchair accessible 100-yd path to the beach ends at a nice public restroom and a snack shack that I've never seen open. The pier to 0.37-mi to the east is not open to the public. I don't understand the reason for the current description's "5.5 mile" or "road biking". It may be that 2.75-mi west is all one can go regardless of tide. But at mean tide one can walk (maybe scramble a bit) east to at least More Mesa (7-mi one way). One option is to park a 2nd car at Santa Barbara Shores parking lot and walk the 2.5-mi from one to the other. (See http://www.runningmap.com/?id=504888 for where to get up and down the bluff at the west end of this hike.) (or some more distance beach trail head). So generally all walks are out&back as long or short as you make it. And yes one can road bike from this parking lot, but as it is at a road's dead end, there are far more sensible places to park.)

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