Gaviota Peak Santa Barbara

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. $2 to park .

Hike Overview:The trail starts out just above sea level and climb over 2000 feet to the peak at 2458'. Hike east from the parking lot on the unpaved road and follow the trail to a junction with the Trespass Trail. Stay left and continue to a stream crossing. There is another junction here. The left fork continues up the peak.

Gaviota Hot Springs

The trail continues steadily up with several switchbacks to the NF boundary. Continue on the trail till you reach a metal gate and take the right fork to reach the final ridge to the peak. 

Gaviota Hot Springs


Final ridge to Gaviota Peak summit.Return on the same trail to the hot springs and back to the car.

RT: ~6 milesEstimated time: ~ 3 hours

Elevation gain: 2462'

Once we finish this hike we will go to the state beach that is a short drive and then REI in either Santa Barbara or in Oxnard for a day of fun festivities....

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  • Kathleen

    Great day! Nice seeing everyone.

    3 · April 6

  • Kathleen

    Great day, best quality company. Hike looks as lovely in pictures as in reality, you guys are fabulous.

    3 · April 6

    • Tony S.

      Thanks Kathleen, nice to meet you.

      April 6

  • Ted M.

    outstanding views, great folks.

    3 · April 6

  • Scott C.

    What a great bunch of people... Understanding too....LOL

    2 · April 6

  • Kerry

    Special day with special people!

    2 · April 6

  • Tony S.

    Lovely day!

    2 · April 6

  • Leah

    Fabulous hike and fun day! Thanks, Scott, for organizing the hike!

    3 · April 5

  • Stafford and M.

    Monica and I plan to join you.

    2 · April 3

  • Kathleen

    I am driving from Porterville, anyone like a ride down?

    April 3

  • Kerry

    See you at Starbucks on Panama Lane
    Saturday a.m.

    1 · April 3

  • zoe m.

    Wish it was still on the 12th. Was looking firward to going. Cant make it on the 5th.

    March 30

  • Ted M.

    Hi Scott
    I will be coming up from LA. Will meet you at the trail head around 9:00. See you there.

    1 · March 30

  • Linda S.

    Is this hike being rescheduled?

    March 30

    • Scott C.

      We are going next Saturday and be at the trailhead @900

      March 30

    • Scott C.

      That is the 5th

      March 30

  • Linda S.

    What time would you be at the Trailhead?

    March 30

  • Alice K.

    That's the same day we are leaving for Utah..do you guys have a double? :-)

    March 29

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