Gaviota Peak Trail

Los Padres National Forest, California

Distance3.1mi
Elevation Gain2,886ft
Trailhead Elevation300ft
Top2,452ft
Elevation Min/Max300/2452ft
Elevation Start/End300/300ft

Gaviota Peak Trail

Gaviota Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Santa Barbara County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest and Gaviota State Park. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 300 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,886 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The trail ends near Gaviota Peak (elevation 2,451 feet). This trail connects with the following: Trespass Trail.

Gaviota Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The trail is an old fire road, very well maintained to both the springs and the peak. It begins with a well-signed trailhead at the southern end of the parking lot. The springs enter into a large upper basin and a lower pool. The upper pool is both hotter and clearer than the lower one, which is actually quite milky, but prettier and full of reedy plants. Some people may want to take the half-mile trek into the springs and soak in the hot waters for a generous amount of time before returning to the parking area. Others may wish to hit the peak in the early morning light and then return for a leisurely time at the springs."

"Father Juan Crespi of the 1769 Portolá Expedition dubbed the coastline here San Luis, in honor of the King of France. However, the soldiers of the expedition thought that la gaviota, Spanish for seagull, was a more apt description. This walk begins in Gaviota State Park and ends in Los Padres National Forest. You’ll visit warm mineral pools, then continue to the top of Gaviota Peak (2,458 feet) for superb views of the Santa Barbara County coastline. Sometimes this can be a hot hike. During the winter months, however, it can be blustery up on the ridge route. At times the hiker might feel assaulted by clouds, which zoom past, enclosing you in a fog for a few seconds."

"The trail to Gaviota Peak begins in Gaviota State Park and ends in Los Padres National Forest. The trail passes Gaviota Hot Springs, a series of lukewarm, primitive sulphur spring pools that are popular for soaking. The hike to the peak is a substantial workout, but the views of the Santa Ynez Mountains, Lompoc Valley, the Pacific Ocean, and the Channel Islands are spectacular."

"There are three ride options in the northeast section of Gaviota State Park which can be combined in different ways. Whether you ride up to Gaviota Park or out on Gaviota Ridge-or both, a stop at the hot springs on the way back is a must. Or you can add the quick jaunt to the springs onto other rides in the area."

"The trail to Gaviota Peak begins in Gaviota State Park and ends in the Los Padres National Forest. The trail passes Gaviota Hot Springs, a series of lukewarm, primitive sulfur spring pools that are popular for soaking. The hike to the peak is a substantial workout, but the views of the Santa Ynez Mountains, Lompoc Valley, the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands are spectacular."

"From the Gaviota State Park trailhead, this hike follows a very clear route by way of the old Gaviota Peak Fire Road (with a side trip to Gaviota Hot Springs) into the national forest to Gaviota Peak (2,458')."

Gaviota Peak Trail Reviews

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2/14/2009
The views begin early and last throughout the hike. Plan on approx. 1.5 to 2 hours going up and 1 to 1.5 returning depending on your pace. Overall a good hike with amazing views. I had T-Mobile cell service the entire hike. Plan on paying $2 for parking. Guide is accurate but seemed to underestimate the distance, would recommend if you have the time.
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1/29/2007
nice- good hike, pretty strenuous, a little dry, great views-- take the turn off to the hot springs...totally worth it. fun!
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7/8/2006
The trail is quite a hike to the top, but once there, the veiws are outrageously beautiful. It's a great workout!
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5/27/2006
The trip was amazing, and the view from the top was simply spectacular!! My group of 4 made the trip in just under 3 hrs. The trail is easy to follow, and provided great views from start to finish.
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1/30/2006
This was a very nice trail with incredible views towards both the hills and the ocean. It was a little steeper than I expected, but not bad.
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3/1/1961
If you are on a road, not a path, then you are on a neighboring property that is private property, not the Gaviota State Park where the hot springs and peak is located on. Much of the trail is steep and take water because the winds will dry you quick. Parking fee is on honor system with envelopes available at the parking lot. Rangers do check.
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Trail Information

Los Padres National Forest
Nearby City
Gaviota State Park
Parks
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Gaviota State Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Solvang
Local Maps

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Nov 2018