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this is my beach! 10 min drive and we are there. it's a limited beach front due to Air Force Base property but seriously is more then enough room to enjoy. Lompoc is cold and windy almost all the time (at least when the beach is open) so crowds are rare. dogs need be on leashes buuuuuut you'll see that locals run free most of the time. I love Surf Beach but I wish it stayed open year round but because if Snowy Plover migration they close the beach in the summer months which is a huge bummer us locals have been dealing with for years.
beautiful place to walk around and tour the history of the mission. been coming here for years. the park hands can get a little aggressive from time to time. just ignore them. I come for the nature experience not the people/volunteer experience.
I've been coming to Jalama for years and year after year I watch the prices for entry go up and up. they don't charge you to park if your going just to have a Jalama burger (Which are locally famous) but they charge you to park then they charge you for your dog. so because of this we don't visit as often as we once did. I understand the $ goes to helping keep the park clean etc... but ALL parks I feel are getting a little ridiculous when it comes to admission... especially for the local folk. I love my CA beaches and it breaks my heart that most of them are becoming so pricey to visit.
Not a hike at all. It's a walk along the beach. The Rangers were convinced that there's never been a hiking trail here. We made the most of it and had fun, but it was not what we expected. Never made it to the lighthouse because of the tide. Did a total of 7mi rather than 11mi. Not recommended for hiking, perhaps camping or beach time. Parking is $10/car.
More beautiful than I expected! I went up to the cross, then at a Y in the path after the cross, I went left and eventually reached the trail marker where you can go up to Santa Rita Mesa or, as I did, go left toward La Artesia. There was another fork after that where I went right and ended up going down steeply to the access road and back to the mission. Don't know what the distance was, but all the sand made it seem longer, I think!
really a fun change from mountains. check with the Rangers about high and low tides. saw seal or sea lions don't know the difference tons of little crabs and crustaceans not really any people after the first mile but it was windy in April.
Great! Lots of fun. I took the trail that heads up to the cross (great view of Lompoc Valley - trailhead just passed visitor center) then kept on the trail passed the cross. Eventually following the fence line and heading up on Rita Mesa. Very sandy (beach like) trail past the cross. Some decent hill climbs all on sandy trails makes for a good workout! Take plenty of water and maybe a snack for energy. Stayed on the trail and ended up on an access road for an easy walk back to the mission and start of trail. Fun hike! About 4.8 miles or so on my route. Felt like more because of that sand! Got pretty windy too around 11:30am. Good hike! Really recommend it! Just far enough away from civilization to feel refreshing but not really that far away!