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The Best Hiking in Gaviota

Looking for the best hiking in Gaviota? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Gaviota. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Gaviota

  • Gaviota, California

    Camp at Gaviota State Park

    3.5
    About 30 miles north of Santa Barbara on the 101 is a small state beach in the 90 person town of Gaviota. Most people pass right on through to San Luis Obispo or don't even make it past Goleta, but this gem is worth checking out either for a day trip or to camp for the weekend.Since it is a state...
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  • Gaviota, California

    Beach to Wind Caves and Backcountry Trail

    5.53 mi / 1549 ft gain
    Beach to Wind Caves and Backcountry Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Goleta, California.
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  • Gaviota, California

    Gaviota Wind Caves Trail

    2.12 mi / 433 ft gain
    Gaviota Wind Caves Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Goleta, California.
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  • Goleta, California

    Hike to the Gaviota Wind Caves

    5.0
    2.5 mi / 600 ft gain
    Caves and epic views...need I say more?! That's what you'll encounter on this short 2.5 mile out and back hike to the Gaviota Wind Caves in the San Ynez Mountains, West of Santa Barbara. The Gaviota Wind Caves are a sandstone formation located 1 mile from the Pacific Ocean. One good thing about t...
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  • Goleta, California

    Overlook Fire Road

    3.44 mi / 823 ft gain
    Overlook Fire Road is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Goleta, California.
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  • Gaviota, California

    Gaviota Peak Trail

    6.15 mi / 2480 ft gain
    Gaviota Peak Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a hot springs located near Goleta, California.
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  • Gaviota, California

    Gaviota Hot Springs and Trespass Trail

    6.32 mi / 2382 ft gain
    Gaviota Hot Springs and Trespass Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a hot springs located near Goleta, California.
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  • Goleta, California

    Yucca Trail

    2.04 mi / 682 ft gain
    Yucca Trail is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to see wildlife located near Goleta, California.
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  • Gaviota, California

    Tunnel View Loop Trail

    3.75 mi / 994 ft gain
    Tunnel View Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Goleta, California.
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  • Goleta, California

    Arroyo Hondo Preserve Loop

    2.32 mi / 502 ft gain
    Arroyo Hondo Preserve Loop is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Goleta, California.
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  • Gaviota, California

    Relax at Nojoqui Falls

    4.5
    1 mi / 175 ft gain
    Unfortunately, the falls have been inaccessible for a while due to dangerous conditions from a mudslide. Contact the County of Santa Barbara Parks Division for more information. The falls are a great daytime getaway. Granted it's a quick, short hike, so you won't get the same workout or sweat goi...
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  • Gaviota, California

    Nojoqui Falls Trail

    0.84 mi / 328 ft gain
    Nojoqui Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Solvang, California.
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  • Goleta, California

    Camp at Refugio Campground

    4.0
    / 3 ft gain
    Refugio State Beach is a great location for fishing, hiking, and picnicking. Lucky beach-goers will spot sea otters, dolphins, seals, and whales. Both sides of the lagoon are perfect for exploring. Heading north will take you to a nice viewpoint with a picnic table above a surfing location. The R...
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  • Goleta, California

    Canyon and Ridgetop Trails

    4.08 mi / 784 ft gain
    Canyon and Ridgetop Trails is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Goleta, California.
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  • Goleta, California

    Camp at El Capitan Canyon

    5.0
    El Capitan Canyon is a gorgeous collection of permanent tents, yurts and cabins located across the highway from El Capitan State Beach and its campground. It's also the perfect place to ease your friends or loved ones into the world of camping. We all have that special person in our life who we'...
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  • Goleta, California

    Camp at El Capitan State Beach

    4.7
    This popular campground of 142 sites is equipped with fire rings and a picnic area, in addition to restrooms and showers. There are group campsites available, as well. Click here for more info/ reservations.
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