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.

it's beautiful when it rains. the right amount of light hits through the trees and the stream to your side keeps it from being too quiet. it's a bit short but perfect for having a picnic at the base

Beautiful hike! Quite steep in some parts but relaxing in the caves with a view of the ocean was the best part.

Cool hike! Caves are neat. I would say kid friendly if 6 or older. 4 year old had trouble with the steep parts. My two year old got a shoulder ride once we were off the paved path. Short hike but definitely moderate due to steep trail.

This is more of a trail walk - very fun and easy. I did this today in the early evening, and it was beautiful ans not crowded.

Pros:
- Beautiful views of the lake.
- Mostly flat.
- Plenty of street parking.
- Many different paths available to help not get bored with doing this multiple times.
- Not too crowded during the week.

Cons:
- Not much shade.
- A lot of overgrowth on some parts of the trail that I wish I had worn pants.

I am in no shape of form a hiker. This trail was supper fun and I brought my 4yr old with me and she handled it like a champ. I definitely felt the burn during the hike but it was doable and I had a blast

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike especially when done in April. The mustard flowers coat the small valley and hills and it becomes very scenic with the ocean as the backdrop. The caves themselves are interesting but not mind-blowing. The hike itself is pretty enough to do it though. Unfortunately some of the rocks are tagged with graffiti.

Family friendly hike. Sad we can't take our dogs anymore. Beautiful caves and views.

Awesome hike! Nice wind caves. Wish there was more to hike.

on Baron Ranch Trail

3 months ago

Overgrown

Loved the vistas and rock formations.

kool little hike big plus tat theres water coming down the fall easy parking!!

My family went in March right a week or 2 after all the rain. The waterfall was still streaming & the forest was a BEAUTIFUL golden red hue all throughout. The forest itself is super picturesque & has the feeling of a scene from a fairytale. Definitely one of my most favorite with kids in SoCal so far.

Very easy to find from the freeway, lots of direction markers and good parking. Super easy, very short hike in a very pretty area. The waterfall would probably have been beautiful, but the last part of the trail was closed due to falling rocks so we weren't able to see it.

Beautiful shady trail. It’s very short and it doesn’t even take 10mins to get to the falls.

Very pretty area! Little bit shorter than I had been hoping for. Pretty decent incline hike. Easy to maneuver while wearing a baby on my chest haha. We drove an hour and twenty minutes to reach this place. The scenery was worth it. :)

hiking
5 months ago

great trail amazing views there water in the creek tats a plus!

hiking
5 months ago

kool trail✌

If you go to UCSB or work there, this is a great trail. If you love bird watching, you'll dig the lagoon. This mixed use trail is pieced together with sections of single track, bike path, hardpack, and maintained crushed granite walkways. There are interpretive signs around the lagoon educating about birds, plant life, restoration, whale migration, and more. If you are from out of town looking for a place to explore, I wouldn't recommend this hike over some others, with one exception: the Lagoon Island Labyrinth. This labyrinth is the largest I've personally seen (out of several), and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Overall, a nice morning walk, with plenty of parking at Goleta State Beach.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views. Challenging part of the way but in a fun. The caves are unique. The turkey vultures gliding around made it more fun. Definitely worth the trip.

Short and sweet! Lots of tree coverage .. a tiny bit of water .. may be better in the spring

Good quick hike! Fun! Had to rock scramble a bit at the very top! Went on a nice windy day!

Super beautiful and easy hike

Beautiful and unique. Very, very steep.

Love this place. Last time we hiked this, we finally ventured past the caves. Technically you're on the Beach to Back Country trail.. we took a right once that meets up with the Overlook Fire Rd & went to the tower. The views there are AMAZING...frightening & stunning as you overlook 101 Gaviota Pass & tunnel. Lots of magical hawks that like to show off. We headed back & had enough juice left in us to venture towards the other way & got a lil ways down Hollyridge (or someth like that, don't remember) before we headed back the way we came in.. looked like we weren't getting closer to ocean & was much hotter than forecasted.. so did total of 8+ miles. Worth it, but bring plenty of water, esp on warmer day. Can be trafficked on weekends & evenings, but only up to caves. Past that, you see very little of other humans.

This trail has a closed portion, but the entire trail isn't closed. If you start at El Capitan, you can avoid the closed portion by heading down to the beach for a bit, then back up. If you start at Refugio you have much more trail. This trail is easy, and paved. Some areas you can't see the ocean due to plant growth, but there are some lovely quiet beaches along the way. A really nice way to walk a section of the Gaviota Coast.
Pro Tip: Use the bathroom before heading in either direction. Pro pro tip: A lot of the bathrooms are locked. Keep trying. It's like an Easter egg hunt!

great place

hiking
6 months ago

I've been meaning to do this short hike for quite some time. Finally got around to it today. I am not very athletic and found this trail to be a little challenging. It throws everything at you: easy, moderate, hard. Cool temps. Hot temps. Sand. Rocks. Ocean view. Mountain view. Scrambling. Sliding. Add in the "easy" paved trail to the trailhead and back and you've got a nice 4 mile workout. Not sure I'll hike this trail again, unless I was sharing it with someone. The caves are neat for what they are; nice views. Free.

gets very steep and dangerous towards the top .almost 90 degrees incline . with narrow path.

Trail is closed in one area see recording for where we we had to turn back.

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