Tar Pits/Carpinteria Bluffs is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Carpinteria, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A nice trail. Heavy traffic. Joggers, walkers, bikers, dogs on and off leashes. Some of the tar is still fresh. Avoid stepping in it or you may have a gooey mess on the bottom of your shoes. Also, at one point the trail crosses the RR tracks. Always listen for train whistles. Great views of the ocean. Some sections of the beach are closed due to harbor seal sancuaries.
Got to experience this beautiful beach and hiking trail while staying in Santa Barbara for some training in 2012.
It was my first time in CA, and I would love nothing more than to go back. I only had time to hike a portion of the full trail.