Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out. More on that later. The left fork continues up the peak. Photo 3 – After a while the land switches from Gaviota State Park to Los Padres National Forest. Gaviota Peak Trail The path continues down the far side of the summit to a ridge, where it meets the old vehicle track once more. Sep 29, 2013 - Gaviota Peak: description, photos, GPS map, and directions to this 2,458-foot summit, hiking up Gaviota Peak Trail and down Trespass Trail. The peak is part of the Santa Inez Mountains. Gaviota Hot Springs This short hike visits a warm hot springs along the trail to Gaviota Peak in Gaviota State Park. 2012-05-10 10:28:43 . I list hikes that I've done. The low peak is prominent because it is the highest point in its range. This is a steep trail that takes you on a class three rock climb to the top of “Cathedral Peak.” The actual Cathedral Peak, at 3333 ft., is a jutting rock formation a bit further, but this trail goes to a peak just in front of it, properly named Arlington Peak, where there is a nook in a rock with a sign-in book to register your joyous summit. A more substantial trail beginning at the same trailhead leads out of the park to the summit of Gaviota Peak, the highest mountain in the vicinity at 2,458 feet (749 m). 2015-11-23 10:45:38 ... Gaviota Peak – Photo Gallery. Here, there are some great views of the valley and the tunnel on Hwy 101 below. Stay left and continue to a stream crossing. Trail re-routing by natural or man-made influences and other conditions may have changed the trails slightly from the time I wrote them up to the time you hike them, so it's possible some information could be a slightly incorrect. You’ll need to push this section—and only if you are going to continue on the loop ride. Tunnel View and Trespass Trails Loop This 2.6-mile loop steals a view over Highway 101 and the Gaviota Tunnel. Santa Ynez Mountains The road finds shade and passes through a metal gate, roughly 0.9 miles from the start. The trail is usually very dry with one creek that runs only after rains. Bertha Peak – Photo Gallery . Gaviota Peak trail is lined with the most incredible old trees. To reach Gaviota Peak, turn right and climb the final steep hill to the 2,458-foot high point. From here there are some doubletrack sections intermittently dispersed for the first 1.5 miles, but it's mostly singletrack for this relatively flat section. Continue up Gaviota Peak Trail, which passes in and out of shade as it steadily climbs steeply uphill. For thousands of years Gaviota was Chumash territory. There is another junction here. Hell's Half Acre is an interesting rock formation on McKinley Road about 5.5 miles from the start at Cachuma Saddle on Happy Canyon Road. The fire road winds briefly under the shade of the sycamore and gnarled oak trees. Photo 2 – Gaviota Peak is up there somewhere. At the beginning of the DH, you'll experience loose rock sections and it will be moderately steep. Gaviota Peak is a summit in the Santa Ynez Mountains in Santa Barbara County in the U.S. state of California.. If you go up there shortly after a good strong rain you can see the waterfall, which can be impressive. Gaviota Peak Trail, Santa Barbara: See reviews, articles, and 3 photos of Gaviota Peak Trail, ranked No.120 on Tripadvisor among 180 attractions in Santa Barbara. Nojoqui Falls This short 0.65-mile hike visits an 80-foot tall fern-lined waterfall. Photos | June 25, 2012 11:10 am 0 Comments. Trail Ratings 3.3 from 4 votes #4 in Gaviota State Park #18923 Overall. Gaviota Hot Springs are located half a mile from the main trailhead and only a tenth of a mile off the trail, making it easily accessible and a popular part of the Gaviota Peak Trail hike. There are two routes to the summit from the trailhead in Gaviota State Park. Its longer, but less steep. I have hiked them all, measured them with a pedometer and took notes along the way. Turning left, the Gaviota Peak Trail descends steeply, winding into a wooded valley that soon hides the coast, instead giving fleeting views only of Highway 101 and the upper end of Gaviota Canyon. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Both trails are located within the Gaviota State Park and the Los Padres National Forest. Some consider it a slight bushwack. Gaviota Peak This 6.5-mile loop mounts a 2,458-foot summit two miles from the Pacific and then descends Trespass Trail to explore the wilds of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The trail is almost entirely wide … The Gaviota Peak Trailhead is located in Gaviota State Park, and it is the same trailhead for Gaviota Hot Springs. Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. 1. Eventually, you'll descend to a meadow, and the rest of the trail is fast and flowy through oak trees and chaparral. Gaviota Peak Trail continues swinging out across a grass field before aiming up the mountain again. Along the way, you pass Trespass Trail at 0.25 miles and Gaviota Hot Springs trail at 0.5 miles before ending near the peak of Gaviota Mountain. Gaviota Peak Trail Head. Cucamonga Peak, Ice House Canyon – Trail Video . After climbing a thousand feet over the first 1.6 miles, the trail enters Los Padres National Forest. This trail is a continuous incline, and is better suited for an avid hiker. Download its GPS track and follow the route on a map. Gaviota Peak Fire Road Difficult. Gaviota Peak sits at the lofty west end of the Santa Ynez Mountains behind Santa Barbara. From the trailhead, you start out on Gaviota Peak Fire Road for just a 1/4 mile before taking a right turn on to Trespass Trail. Gaviota Peak Trail is a wide fire road – easy to follow, no surprises. The right fork will take you to the Gaviota Hot Springs. Bald Mountain via Gaviota Peak Trail is a 9.9 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Goleta, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The hike can be done as a loop (reported here), preferably done heading up the wide Gaviota Peak Fire Road and then down Trespass Trail. The trail starts out just above sea level and climb over 2000 feet to the peak at 2458'. This gives a good visual of the Trail from the very start to the top. 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