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Best camping trails in Goleta, California

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Explore the most popular camping trails near Goleta with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of camping trails in Goleta, California
Top trails (5)
#1 - Gaviota Wind Caves Trail
Gaviota State Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
This hike features beautiful wind sculpted caves and incredible ocean vistas. This is a semi-strenuous but short out and back hike. The trail begins by following an old road along gaviota creek moving inland. This part is mostly flat with lots of riparian birds. As you head towards the hills, you can see the final destination as a series of holes in the sandstone outcroppings ahead. After about 3/4 of a mile you will start the ascending switchback, which is very well-maintained. Continue along the ridgeline and you'll come to the first wind cave. Cross through the wind cave and the trail gets much steeper with a couple of switch backs until you reach the bottom of the second cave. There is a trail to your left, or you can scramble straight up. The views from the top are beautiful.Show more
#2 - Figueroa Mountain to Davy Brown Campsite Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 4 h 13 m
#3 - Beach to Wind Caves and Backcountry Trail
Gaviota State Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
#4 - Santa Cruz Trail: Upper Oso Campground to Happy Hollow
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 6 h 20 m
#5 - Aniso Trail from El Capitan State Beach to Refugio State Beach [CLOSED]
El Capitan State Beach
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
Note: As of July 2020, due storm damage and erosion the trail is closed. Please check with the park page for information at https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=601 Accessibility: This trail is paved with asphalt and is estimated to be 3.5-9 feet wide. The estimated slope ranges from 0-16%. Some sections within the first 1 mile may be very steep. There is another parking lot by waypoint number 1 which may be ideal to park at to skip these very steep sections. There are 6 ADA-compliant parking spots at the parking lot by waypoint 1 with access aisles.Show more