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Tunnel View Loop Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Goleta, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

Length3.6 miElevation gain951 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingRunningViewsWildflowersOver grownNo dogs
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Starting near the bottom of Trespass Trail, the trail takes a somewhat lower route for a different viewpoint that includes the Gaviota Tunnel before meeting Trespass Trail again. The route is just over a mile and becomes a 3 mile loop with Trespass.

Park at the trailhead for Gaviota Peak. The state park charges $2 for this location.

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Ashley Huizing
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HikingFeeRocky

The trail started off on a fire road. Once we reached the Tunnel View sign we turned right. The trail ascends through the mountain which was way more scenic to explore than coming back down the fire road on the other side of the loop. We took Trespass trail out to the top of of the trail and discovered a stunning view while we rested atop huge boulders. Missed a turn somewhere as seen in our route. Not sure as we were looking for signage. Slightly overgrown but not too bad. I would suggest pants if you are bothered by brush and grass on your legs. Will definitely do again!

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Drew Allison
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Lance Klopp
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Hiking

Pretty easy hike along a road for the first 1/2 of the hike. Good views along the way. We didn’t make it to the peak as we were in shorts and beyond where we stopped was overgrown.

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Mitchell R.
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HikingNo shade

Hot as heck, but a nice simple stroll. Definitely sweat a fair bit the time the blaring sun though!

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Justin Chang
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Hiking

good hike. some poison oak on the side. half of the underpass trail was gone so you couldn't take that horseshoe part of the trail. otherwise great hike.

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Francis E
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HikingOver grown

Parts on the way down were a bit overgrown. A bit foggy for this time of year, so not much of a view.

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Kelsey Cordle
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HikingOver grown

Beautiful scenery, overgrown in some areas with thorny plants. I recommend wearing long pants! Otherwise it was a great hike

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Zhengqi Yang
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Taylor Higginbotham
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Hiking

This is a beautiful, diverse trail. some parts are rocky while others grassy. Cute little spots to take a break.

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R Aerts
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Hiking

Nice little trail hike. Recommend going counter clockwise, some areas are a little steep but otherwise worth the effort. Coming back was a breeze walking on the fire road.

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Andrew Strausberger
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HikingNo shadeOver grownRocky
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Maureen Stroud
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Hiking

It is windy and an uphill hike but the view is absolutely stunning. If you hike up towards the peak the hike gets pretty difficult and narrow close to cliffs. Tunnel View is definitely worth it though.

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B Sommer
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HikingMuddy

Bit windy at the top, great scenic views of the mountains and a little bit of ocean at the midway point. if you follow the route, it goes to the tunnel and then you need to backtrack back to the main trail. Recommend wearing good traction shoes as the mud was everywhere (in Feb) and if you want a more strenuous hike, go clockwise.

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Megan Lunt
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beautiful hike. we did the tunnel view loop and the hot spring. bring two dollars cash per person. easy hike with a little up hill. it is cold in February. We went early so not a lot of traffic. the ocean view and the Green hills are breath taking. also we saw a lot of pretty birds.

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Goleta Chicks
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Hiking

Very nice easy to follow trail. Very little shade-need to do early morning before direct sun gets too hot. Big open views.

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Brittany Rodriguez
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Hiking

bring $2 for parking

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nora wilet
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Beautiful hike. Good birding. A bit strenuous going uphill if you are not in great shape but very enjoyable with great views. About 1.5-2 hours

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M Feddema
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First to Review

Such an awesome hike. Beautiful views and not too difficult. Clear and easy-to-follow path. Recommending this to everyone!

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William Newell
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Dean Davenport
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Hamassala David Dicko
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Robert Ayres
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Eric Satterblom
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Ryan Miller
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Allie Avila
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Ramiro Navarro
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Gerry Carter
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