La Purisma Mission State Park is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lompoc, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, nature trips, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 229 feet Route Type: Loop

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Colonial Mission, rustic feeling of settler days, many routes and trail miles La Purisma Mission State Historic Park will make you feel as if you've stepped off a time machine and into the early 1800's. This is a mission that failed at its goal of establishing a city and trade outpost, so the area exists in the middle of rolling hills pretty much as it did hundreds of years ago. The mission and its outlying buildings fell into disarray after the Mexican Revolution and the land became a private ranch. Thankfully the entire complex was preserved and restored and exists in a state that is strikingly reminiscent of the colonial era. The trail heads up to the cross above the mission and provides wonderful views of the mission itself, then it follows the fence line and loops around to the main loop which connects with the original mission road - El Camino Real.

running
2 months ago

Great trail but the sand makes it kind of hard to run but all in all had a great run in total did 8 miles a lot scenic views along the way on the actual trail

hiking
4 months ago

La Purisima upper loop.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Great views of the valley. great morning hike!

hiking
8 months ago

Love that place, nice mission, walks and gardens.

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

great hike! easy trail!

hiking
9 months ago

Very beautiful. Dogs are allowed. Just be sure to keep them on leash and pick up the poop. There are several trails you can take off the main loop. We chose the one that was 7 1/2 miles round trip. Bike are allowed here too.

hiking
Sat May 25 2019

Always wonderful!

hiking
Fri May 10 2019

Always a wonderful experience!

walking
Wed Dec 19 2018

nice level walk and the mission and grounds are very historic, walking on part of the original El Camino real

Wed Oct 31 2018

There are a lot of smaller trails that branch off of the main trail. The old mission is an added bonus. It's a state park and is restored to give you an idea of what it once was like.

Mon Mar 26 2018

Other than the trail being a bit challenging due to all the sand. It's a quiet, beautiful and peaceful hike.

hiking
Tue Dec 05 2017

Loop and see some of the historic mission. Wildlife. Easy walk. Lightly trafficked, bicyclists, runners, moms and sometimes horseback riders. I believe you have to pay if you park inside? You can park on the rode side where it has the “no parking signs.” Everyone seems to park there.

Tue Mar 14 2017

love the views... and the history

Sun Feb 19 2017

beautiful place to walk around and tour the history of the mission. been coming here for years. the park hands can get a little aggressive from time to time. just ignore them. I come for the nature experience not the people/volunteer experience.

mountain biking
Sun Sep 18 2016

Great for beginners. Easy climb. Scenic views.

hiking
Sat May 21 2016

More beautiful than I expected! I went up to the cross, then at a Y in the path after the cross, I went left and eventually reached the trail marker where you can go up to Santa Rita Mesa or, as I did, go left toward La Artesia. There was another fork after that where I went right and ended up going down steeply to the access road and back to the mission. Don't know what the distance was, but all the sand made it seem longer, I think!

hiking
Tue Apr 26 2016

Great! Lots of fun. I took the trail that heads up to the cross (great view of Lompoc Valley - trailhead just passed visitor center) then kept on the trail passed the cross. Eventually following the fence line and heading up on Rita Mesa. Very sandy (beach like) trail past the cross. Some decent hill climbs all on sandy trails makes for a good workout! Take plenty of water and maybe a snack for energy. Stayed on the trail and ended up on an access road for an easy walk back to the mission and start of trail. Fun hike! About 4.8 miles or so on my route. Felt like more because of that sand! Got pretty windy too around 11:30am. Good hike! Really recommend it! Just far enough away from civilization to feel refreshing but not really that far away!

hiking
Wed Jun 10 2015

The lower loop is a good warm up track, the upper loop add another mile with a few hills. There are water towers you can walk to as well off the lower loop a steady up hill road.

Mon Mar 23 2015

Easy trail. Excellent for beginners. It's beautiful country and has plenty of wildlife around. If you're a bird watcher... it's a must do.

walking
Sun Jun 08 2014

walking trails are fine, very easy. definitely hike to the cross. entrance is just left of the visitor center. will go back with dogs. $6 to park or just pull over at the farm across the street and it's free.99.

road biking
Mon Apr 29 2013

Beautiful bike and hike trails! Easy trail but you can hit the uphill trails and increase intensity.

mountain biking
Mon Jul 16 2012

One of the best places in the area to train on ur mountain bike. The Full trail is about 9 miles. I map it out when i did it. To te green tanks in the back to the 3.8 miles circle on top by the rangers station

walking
Thu May 17 2012

I mostly walk the lower trail with my dogs. It is always beautiful, and it is quite an easy walk. We hike in from our home, the back way. The dogs enjoy the quail, rabbits and other critters we see, and of course, once in the Mission building area there are pigs, turkeys, cattle, etc. to see (for me) and smell (for them). I highly recommend it.

hiking
Fri Nov 05 2010

La Purisima Mission is very interesting from a historical perspective and it is a peaceful, shady place for a weekend picnic. The trails go through the surrounding chaparral, with hot sun and deep sand to make hiking a challenge. If you go in the morning you have a good chance of seeing some wildlife -- deer, rabbits, and birds, and maybe some horned lizards in the sandy places.

9 days ago

hiking
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