The Best Backpacking in Gaviota

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Top backpacking spots in and near Gaviota

  • Los Olivos, California

    Dispersed Camp in Los Padres National Forest (near Davy Brown Campground)

    7 mi / 2000 ft gain
    I was looking for a last minute adventure out of LA and found this epic view.  Easy backpacking trip for one night, no permits needed, less than 3.5 hours from LA, and secluded.  Go to REI and pick up your adventure pass for your car. Plug into your GPS "Davy Brown Campground" in Los Olivos / Los...
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  • Los Olivos, California

    Backpack Zaca Ridge

    5.0
    From Santa Ynez, CA take Armour Rd until it hits Happy Canyon Rd, and make a left. Follow this scenic drive through vineyards and oak shaded pastures into the Angeles National Forest. A half-mile section of asphalt is rough from winter storms, so drive slow. The road becomes Sunset Valley Rd and ...
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  • Los Olivos, California

    Manzana Schoolhouse via Manzana Trail

    16.42 mi / 1509 ft gain
    Manzana Schoolhouse via Manzana Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Los Olivos, California.
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  • Los Olivos, California

    Manzanita Creek Trail to Dabney Cabin

    12.74 mi / 1207 ft gain
    Manzanita Creek Trail to Dabney Cabin is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Los Olivos, California.
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  • Los Olivos, California

    Lost Valley Trail

    16.61 mi / 3927 ft gain
    Lost Valley Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Los Olivos, California.
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  • Los Olivos, California

    Manzana Creek and Eastern Hurricane Deck Loop

    24.39 mi / 4685 ft gain
    Manzana Creek and Eastern Hurricane Deck Loop is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Los Olivos, California.
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  • Montecito, California

    Hike the West Fork of Cold Spring

    If you love the mountains above Santa Barbara but hate the crowds, stick to the canyon trails on the east side. The trails running up Cold Spring canyon offer a variety of experiences without all the noise.To find the West Fork of Cold Spring Trail, take the Olive Mill Rd. exit from the 101 freew...
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  • Santa Barbara County, California

    Santa Rosa Island - Pier to Ford Point

    19.72 mi / 3097 ft gain
    Santa Rosa Island - Pier to Ford Point is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Santa Barbara, California.
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  • Santa Barbara, California

    Indian Creek

    14.89 mi / 3209 ft gain
    Indian Creek is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Santa Barbara, California.
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  • Santa Barbara County, California

    Hike the East Point Trail

    14.7 mi / 728 ft gain
    The trail will take you through Lobo Canyon and onto a rocky coast. There are great picnic spots all along this rocky cliff. Rock formations line the trail. You can backcountry camp on the beach at the end of the trail, or head back to the trailhead. This trail is open year-round. In the spring, ...
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  • Santa Barbara County, California

    Hike to East Point via the Coastal Road on Santa Rosa Island

    One could a lifetime exploring, and attempting to describe, the beauty of the Channel Islands National Park and Santa Rosa Island in particular: its wildly diverse terrain, endemic flora and fauna, and also the only of the Islands to allow backcountry beach camping. While the opportunities for di...
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  • Santa Barbara County, California

    Climb Black Mountain on Santa Rosa Island

    8 mi / 1400 ft gain
    Words fail in describing the beauty of the Channel Islands National Park and Santa Rosa Island, the second largest of the Channel Islands and perhaps the most diverse in terms of terrain, flora and fauna, and also the only to allow backcountry beach camping. While the opportunities for exploratio...
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  • Santa Barbara County, California

    Backpack Pier to Ford Point on Santa Rosa Island

    19.6 mi / 3041 ft gain
    The trail is open year-round and offers the chance to see incredible ocean views and wildlife. Occasionally, water is available at Clap Springs (a detour off Wreck Road by a couple of miles). Bring all the water you need to drink and cook - recommended 4 liters per day drinking minimum. 
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  • Ventura, California

    Cueva Valdez to Arch Rock Trail

    7.45 mi / 1614 ft gain
    Cueva Valdez to Arch Rock Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Ventura, California.
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  • Ventura, California

    Backpack across Santa Cruz Island

    5.0
    15 mi
    To get to Santa Cruz Island you will need to book a ferry with Island Packers.  On their website you can only  book roundtrip tickets in and out of the same location so for this trip you will need to call and book a ferry in to Prisoner's Harbor and out of Scorpion Anchorage. You can call them at...
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  • Ventura, California

    Del Norte and Montanon Trail to Scorpion Campground

    12.58 mi / 2464 ft gain
    Del Norte and Montanon Trail to Scorpion Campground is a point-to-point trail with scenic views of the Pacific Ocean located in Channel Islands National Park, California.
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