Tarpits Park

Carpinteria California Hikes

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Tarpits Park is an 8-acre blufftop park at the east end of Carpinteria State Beach. The park was once the site of a Chumash Indian village. It is named for the natural tar that seeps up from beneath the soil. The Indians used the tar for caulking canoes and sealing cooking vessels. Interconnecting trails cross the bluffs overlooking the steep, jagged coastline. Benches are placed along the edge of the bluffs.
Day Hikes on the California Central Coast

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Day Hikes on the California Central Coast

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

Tarpits Park is an 8-acre blufftop park at the east end of Carpinteria State Beach. The park was once the site of a Chumash Indian village. It is named for the natural tar that seeps up from beneath the soil. The Indians used the tar for caulking canoes and sealing cooking vessels. Interconnecting trails cross the bluffs overlooking the steep, jagged coastline. Benches are placed along the edge of the bluffs.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carpinteria
Length: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Carpinteria
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