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Goleta Beach and the UCSB Lagoon Trail

Santa Barbara, California

3.25 mi / 95 ft gain

More Mesa

Santa Barbara, California

2.87 mi / 72 ft gain

Los Carneros Park Trail

Goleta, California

2.54 mi / 85 ft gain

San Antonio Creek Trail

Santa Barbara, California

3.01 mi / 325 ft gain

Coal Oil Point Reserve

Isla Vista, California

2.31 mi / 79 ft gain

Ellwood Bluffs/Coronado Butterfly Preserve

Goleta, California

1.06 mi / 26 ft gain

Atascadero Creek Trail

Santa Barbara, California

2.94 mi / 518 ft gain

Ellwood Forest Park Loop

Goleta, California

2.15 mi / 56 ft gain

The Playground Trail

Santa Barbara, California

1.09 mi / 374 ft gain

Places to stay

Sage Hill

Snyder Trail

Sage Hill

Paradise Campground

Santa Barbara, California

Paradise Campground

Los Prietos

Santa Barbara, California

Los Prietos

Fremont Campground

Santa Barbara, California

Fremont Campground

Santa Cruz Scorpion

Smugglers Road

Santa Cruz Scorpion

Anacapa Island

Ventura, California

Anacapa Island

Guides and stories

West Coast Roadtrip down Highway 101

West Coast Roadtrip down Highway 101

Michael Fricke

The Galapagos of California

The Galapagos of California

Kyle Frost

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

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

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

Katie Yarborough

One Ideal Day on Santa Cruz Island

One Ideal Day on Santa Cruz Island

Leigh Maneri

By Land & Sea: 72 Hours in Ventura, California

By Land & Sea: 72 Hours in Ventura, California

Josiah Roe

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