I will be camping at Refugio Campground this weekend and want to take the opportunity to invite you to a Sunday hike up Gaviota Peak for a beautiful view of the Santa Barbara coast. Suggested time of departure from Bakersfield is 6:30 am from Albertson/McDonalds parking lot at corner of Rosedale and Allen roads. Take Rosedale west to Enos Lane (Highway 43), go south to Highway166 through Taft and and Maricopa to Santa Maria. Turn south on 101, go past Buelton to turnoff to Vandenburg on Highway 1. Turn left and cross over freeway. Turn right for maybe 1/4 mile and park at trail head parking lot. $2.00 is needed for self serve envelope parking permit.
Gaviota Peak is a small mountain located west of Santa Barbara in the Los Padres National Forest. Although the main attractions in the area are the Gaviota Hot Springs and Gaviota State Beach, Gaviota Peak provides a moderate day hike with amazing views of the ocean and Channel Islands.
Hike Overview: The 6 mile loop trail starts out at 400' above sea level and climbs 2,058 feet to the peak at 2458'. This loop will travel up north side of the ridge heading east, stopping to check out the Hot Springs along the way. Continuing up the dirt fire road we will turn off and head up to the peak on a dirt trail. After lunching at the peak we will follow the trail down the south side of the ridge for beautiful views of the ocean.
Once we finish this hike we will go to the state beach that is a short drive and wade in the surf to cool tired feet.