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Best kid friendly trails in Goleta, California

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Explore the most popular kid friendly 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 kid friendly trails in Goleta, California
Top trails (9)
#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 - More Mesa Trail
Goleta, California
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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 - Ellwood Bluffs/Coronado Butterfly Preserve
Ellwood Forest Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 31 m
#4 - Goleta Beach and the UCSB Lagoon Trail
Goleta Beach County Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
#5 - Los Carneros Park Trail
Lake Los Carneros Ecological Preserve
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
NOTE: As of August 2020, hikers report that the bridge is currently closed off. For now, you can finish the loop by taking Covington Way back to the starting point.Show more
#6 - Coal Oil Point Reserve Tour
Coal Oil Point Reserve
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 59 m
Friendly docents are on duty at Sands Beach most daylight hours and guided tours are available on the 1st Saturday of each month. To reserve a tour, please visit https://copr.nrs.ucsb.edu/welcome-coal-oil-point-reserve.Show more
#7 - Baron Ranch Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 33 m
Only open Saturday, Sunday, Monday.Show more
#8 - Haskell's Beach Access Trail
Goleta, California
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 7 m
This 500-ft long, 6-ft wide hard-packed trail leads from the parking lot gently down to the beach. - Once on the beach you can walk for 7 miles to the east a less than mean tide. - There is also a short trail up the west side of the bluff to the east to a very nice overlook. A quiet beach except summer days when school is out. Even then it is not crowded. Beware of walking more than a half mile or so in either direction and passing around parts of the bluff that get wet when the tide comes in. Make sure you get back before the tide comes in, especially if the surf is heavy. At very low tide there are some small tide pools. The creek isn't clean enough to swim in. Sometimes there is tar on the beach from the natural seeps offshore. Not positive dogs are allowed on leash. But a fair number of beach walkers bring dogs and many of them let the dogs off leash.Show more
#9 - 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