Top Spots

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

Santa Barbara, California

Hilltop Ocean-View Retreat - Near Beaches

From $222 / night

99 Manchester Place, California

Private Coastal Escape | Twilit Alfresco Dining

From $249 / night

Santa Barbara, California

Panoramic Ocean-View Gem w/ Pool & Hot Tub

From $666 / night

1560 La Vista Road, California

Best View in Santa Barbara | Luxury Pool Estate

From $1,792 / night

Santa Barbara, California

Modernized 1970 Vintage Airstream Land Yacht

From $129 / night

Santa Barbara, California

Farmstay Studio Along the Urban/Wildland Interface

From $132 / night

Guides and stories

West Coast Roadtrip down Highway 101

Michael Fricke

The Galapagos of California

Kyle Frost

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

By Land & Sea: 72 Hours in Ventura, California

Josiah Roe

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