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Camp at Gaviota State Park

Gaviota, California


Beach to Wind Caves and Backcountry Trail

Gaviota, California

5.53 mi / 1549 ft gain

Gaviota Wind Caves Trail

Gaviota, California

2.12 mi / 433 ft gain

Hike to the Gaviota Wind Caves

Goleta, California

2.5 mi / 600 ft gain

Overlook Fire Road

Goleta, California

3.44 mi / 823 ft gain

Gaviota Peak Trail

Gaviota, California

6.15 mi / 2480 ft gain

Gaviota Hot Springs and Trespass Trail

Gaviota, California

6.32 mi / 2382 ft gain

Yucca Trail

Goleta, California

2.04 mi / 682 ft gain

Tunnel View Loop Trail

Gaviota, California

3.75 mi / 994 ft gain

Places to stay

Buellton, California

Private Cottage on Vineyard w/ Loft & Hill Views

From $138 / night

99 Manchester Place, California

Private Coastal Escape | Twilit Alfresco Dining

From $208 / night

Santa Barbara, California

Fremont Campground

Santa Barbara, California

Paradise Campground

Santa Barbara, California

Los Prietos

Snyder Trail

Sage Hill

Guides and stories

West Coast Roadtrip down Highway 101

Michael Fricke

A Solo Woman's Escape to Santa Maria Valley

Kristi Teplitz

Velo Vino: 30 Miles of Cycling Perfection through the Santa Maria Wine Country

Josiah Roe

Boats, Backpacks and Booze: Why You Should Try Island Backpacking

Kristen Fuller

11 Photos That Will Make You Want to Hike Channel Islands National Park

Katie Yarborough

One Ideal Day on Santa Cruz Island

Leigh Maneri

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