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Best wildlife trails in Goleta, California

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Explore the most popular wildlife 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 wildlife trails in Goleta, California
Top trails (17)
#1 - Gaviota Hot Springs and Trespass Trail
Gaviota State Park
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 3 h 39 m
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#2 - 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
#3 - Figueroa Mountain to Davy Brown Campsite Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 4 h 13 m
#4 - Ellwood Bluffs/Coronado Butterfly Preserve
Ellwood Forest Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 31 m
#5 - Canyon and Ridgetop Trails
El Capitan State Beach
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
#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 - Little Pine Mountain Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 19.7 mi • Est. 10 h 47 m
#8 - 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
#9 - Yucca Trail
Gaviota State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
#10 - Camuesa Peak Trail
Los Padres National Forest
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Length: 16.3 mi • Est. 8 h 30 m
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