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Gaviota Peak via the Trespass Trail

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Gaviota Peak

Las Canovas Cr Dr · Gaviota, CA

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Meet us at the trail head by 9:00 am. Directions Below. Or at the Santa Ynez YMCA by 8:15 am

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Gaviota Peak via the Trespass Trail

Saturday, September 24, 2011. Meet us at the Gaviota Peak Trail Head by 9:00 am or at the Santa Ynez Valley YMCA by 8:15 am to carpool.

Distance & Elevation: Instead of taking the fire road up to the peak, we will take the Trespass Trail which starts out on a fire road, but then turns into a single track hiking trail. The climb is about 2000' in 3.5-4 miles going this direction. We will come down the fire road making this hike 6.5 to 7 miles long and somewhat strenuous due to the elevation gain.

Description: The Trespass Trail to Gaviota Peak offers a different perspective starting out on a fire road between oak groves and then ending up on a narrow hiking trail through woodlands, along a dry creek bed and past a cave on the way up to Gaviota Peak. This trail is somewhat overgrown, but passable so wear long pants if you are concerned about getting scratched or poison oak. The peak offers beautiful views of the ocean, Gaviota coastline, Hollister Ranch and the Channel Islands on a clear day. One of my favorite hikes because of the beautiful views.

Directions: The Gaviota Peak trail is located at Highway 101 and Highway 1. The access road parallels Highway 101 on the west side of the highway so if you are coming from Santa Barbara take the Highway 1 exit and make and immediate right at the end of the off ramp and then another right on the access road. This road dead ends into the trail head.

This is a State Park so there is a $2.00 fee if you park at the trail head parking lot. If you want to save 2 bucks you can park along the road that parallels Highway 101, before the "no parking" signs, and walk a short distance to the trail.

Please come prepared for hiking by wearing appropriate hiking shoes, bringing plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen and layers of clothing appropriate for the weather conditions. It is your responsibility to know your level of fitness relative to the description of the hike. You can find a hiking checklist on our website at

Keep checking the Santa Barbara County Trails Events Meetup for a hike near you and join us!

We do not charge for our hikes. We do accept voluntary donations to help offset the cost of maintaining this Meetup site. We appreciate your participation when possible.