Gaviota Peak Trail
Gaviota Peak Trail
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Annapolis, MD150 contributions
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Feb 2020
This hike is partly in Gaviota State Park and partly in forest land. The trailhead can be found at a parking lot just off highway 101 north, about a 30 min drive from Santa Barbara. The parking lot is small so it is advised to get there early and have two dollars ready to put in a small envelope to pay for the parking. The trail up Gaviota Peak is a fire road almost all the way to the top. The road is in pretty good shape but there are some steep stretches. About three miles in you come to a junction where continuing to the left keeps you on the road but you want to make a sharp right turn up a deeply rutted incline that leads to the peak. There is a rock cairn not too far up this incline to help guide the way. At the peak the views of the ocean, Channel Islands and coast are fantastic. The peak was very windy but there are some large rocks to sit on for lunch and the wind is blocked by some scrubby bushes. There is also a metal can with log books inside to record your visit. We came down the same way we went up because we wanted to stop at the Gaviota Hot Springs but you can take the Trespass Trail down to parking as well. We heard that trail had great views but was more challenging than the road. We found the Hot Springs to be underwhelming and didn't spend anymore time there than was necessary to take a couple of pics. Be aware that you may encounter nudes in the Hot Springs; a little disconcerting. It is a nice hike and we really enjoyed it.
Written 27 February 2020
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