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 (http://www.summitpost.org/gaviota-hot-springs/236856)
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. (http://www.summitpost.org/gaviota-peak-trail/236857)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....