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).
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."
--Allen Riedel, 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Cheri Rae & John McKinney, Walk Santa Barbara (The Trailmaster).
"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."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes around Santa Barbara (Day Hike Books).
"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."
--Delaine Fragnoli, Mountain Biking California's Central Coast Best 100 Trails (Fine Edge Productions).
"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."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes on the California Central Coast (Day Hike Books).
"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')."
--Craig R. Carey, Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura (Wilderness Press).
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