Give the gift of adventure. Buy Pro for the ones you loveBuy Pro

Best horseback riding trails in Goleta, California

653 Reviews
Explore the most popular horseback riding 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 horseback riding trails in Goleta, California
Top trails (5)
#1 - Gaviota Wind Caves Trail
Gaviota State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(437)
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 - More Mesa Trail
Goleta, California
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(128)
Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
Note: Please do not proceed down Orchid Drive to access the trail. There are two trailheads. One is off of Shoreline Drive near Shoreline Farms. The other trailhead is off of Shoreline Drive about 15-20 feet farther down the road from the previous trailhead.Show more
#3 - Canyon and Ridgetop Trails
El Capitan State Beach
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(45)
Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
#4 - Beach to Wind Caves and Backcountry Trail
Gaviota State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(22)
Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
#5 - Santa Cruz Trail: Upper Oso Campground to Happy Hollow
Los Padres National Forest
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray Star(11)
Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 6 h 20 m