Gaviota State Park to Carpinteria State Beach Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The mix of freeways, backroads, farmlands, and cities serves to remind you that you are now well into that very unique area called southern California. Riding conditions are good, the freeway has a wide shoulder, city streets have wide bike lanes, and only one short, steep hill breaks the harmony of gently rolling terrain. Santa Barbara is the center of interest along this portion of the coast. The day’s ride is short, leaving plenty of time to savor the city’s strong Spanish flavor in an optional city tour. With just a short side trip off the main route you may visit the Santa Barbara Mission, founded in 1786 and called the “Queen of Missions” because of its stately grace; the county courthouse, which was modeled after a Spanish-Moorish palace with hand-painted ceilings, giant murals, and a sweeping view from the clock tower; El Presidio, a fort built by the Spanish in 1782; and El Cuartel, the second-oldest standing adobe building in Calfornia. The tour ends at Stearns Wharf, where the sight of sunbathers, Rollerbladers, and windsurfers make for a strictly modern view. Cyclists passing through Santa Barbara in mid-August have a chance to catch the Fiesta Days celebration, which features a parade, street dancing, and every kind of Mexican food imaginable."