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Gaviota Peak - CANCELLED !!! :-(

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. 



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  • Cathy

    I'm sorry to hear that...was looking forward to the hike and views. I may have to try it on my own :)

    September 16, 2014

    • Tony S.

      It's not too difficult if you google Gaviota Peak and look at the map. It's usually a loop, going up on the north side of the ridge and coming back on the south side to enjoy the views of the ocean (which is south here, not west). Coming down, once you reach a small pond and a fork in the trail, left takes you to a dead end with a fantastic view, right takes you back to the parking lot.

      September 16, 2014

  • Tony S.

    I hate to do this but without an experienced Event Host to coordinate the Bakersfield hikers I am cancelling this event.
    Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

    September 16, 2014

  • Tony S.

    The above map link is now accurate depicting the trail head location just east of the junction of Highway 101 and 1 south of Buelton.

    September 10, 2014

  • Tony S.

    Cathy is unavailable to attend. She was going to coordinate carpooling from Bakersfield. I will be at the beach already. The drive takes 3 hours from the center of Bakersfield via Taft-Santa Maria route. For those wanting to carpool, please start a dialogue on this event site to coordinate. This ability is what makes Meetup.com so useful!

    I'll you all at the trail head, 9:00 am! My cell phone number is[masked]-0591. Please change your RSVP if you are unable to attend.

    September 10, 2014

  • Tony S.

    For some reason the meetup was not accepting guests. I have changed that and up to 3 are allowed.

    August 30, 2014

  • Margaret D.

    Probably not this time. What is the state beach at which we would eventually arrive? (Enjoy the Refugio Campground)

    August 30, 2014

    • Tony S.

      Gaviota State Beach, can probably use the $2.00 parking ticket to talk your way into Gabviota. Refugio would be at least $10.00 day use fee.

      August 30, 2014

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