Jalama Beach

Lompoc, California

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How often does a paved road take you off the beaten path to hike an isolated scenic stretch of wild Pacific coastline? Did I mention that the road ends at a dog- friendly county park beach, where you and pooch can share quality time exploring several miles of surf and sand if you get the tide chart right? The sense of remoteness from the undeveloped, rolling, oak-studded open space on the drive to Jalama Beach from Lompoc is just a prelude to Jalama Beach’s stunning solitary setting. There’s only one road in and out of here, and a railway that skirts the coast with no rail stops between Lompoc and Santa Barbara. The county park and beach are braced by secluded Vandenberg Air Force Base’s 98,000 acres, including 35 miles of coastline to the north and sprawling cattle ranch land to the south. Vandenberg Air Force Base is headquarters for the 30th Space Wing and 14th Air Force. It is Air Force Space Command’s premier missile base for missile testing and launching of satellites into polar orbit. This wild coast is out of sight in every way possible.
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by Linda and David Mullally (Falcon Guides)

How often does a paved road take you off the beaten path to hike an isolated scenic stretch of wild Pacific coastline? Did I mention that the road ends at a dog- friendly county park beach, where you and pooch can share quality time exploring several miles of surf and sand if you get the tide chart right?

The sense of remoteness from the undeveloped, rolling, oak-studded open space on the drive to Jalama Beach from Lompoc is just a prelude to Jalama Beach’s stunning solitary setting. There’s only one road in and out of here, and a railway that skirts the coast with no rail stops between Lompoc and Santa Barbara. The county park and beach are braced by secluded Vandenberg Air Force Base’s 98,000 acres, including 35 miles of coastline to the north and sprawling cattle ranch land to the south. Vandenberg Air Force Base is headquarters for the 30th Space Wing and 14th Air Force. It is Air Force Space Command’s premier missile base for missile testing and launching of satellites into polar orbit. This wild coast is out of sight in every way possible.

© 2016 Linda and David Mullally/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lompoc
Distance: 3.3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 15 feet
Top Elevation: 15 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Santa Barbara County Parks Department, 610 Mission Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara 93105; (805) 568-2461; sbparks.org; Jalama Beach Park office, (805) 736-3504
Local Maps: USGS Tranquillo Mtn., Lompoc Hills, and Point Conception
Driving Directions: Directions to Jalama Beach

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