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Los Olivos, California

Los Olivos, California, is a top spot for outdoor adventures, offering some of the best trails and outdoor activities. The Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area is a must-visit for hiking enthusiasts. This trail offers scenic views of wildflowers, oak trees, and a variety of bird species. It's a moderate difficulty trail, making it suitable for most hikers. Another scenic trail is the Grass Mountain Trail that takes you to a stunning summit with panoramic views. For those interested in water activities, the Santa Ynez River offers opportunities for fishing and bird-watching. Los Olivos is also home to the Ballard Nature Reserve, a protected area with unique rock formations and native plants. All these attractions make Los Olivos a great destination for outdoor activities.

Top Spots in and near Los Olivos

  • Santa Barbara County, California

    Water Canyon Campground

    3.28 mi / 128 ft gain
    You can get a wonderfully detailed description of what to expect from the Channel Islands/Santa Rosa Island and how to get there from fellow Explorer Michael Wigle's "Beach Camp on Santa Rosa Island" adventure (which I highly recommend you check out for the information and the photography, so I'm...
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  • Maricopa, California

    Bear Trap Campground via Gene Marshall/Piedra Blanca Trail

    9.59 mi / 2211 ft gain
    There's no better feeling then camping out and having a whole site to you and your friends...wouldn't you agree?!?! ...Deep in the Sespe Wilderness in Ojai, California sits a tucked away, well-managed campsite called "Bear Trap Campground". This campsite can be reached at any point of the year a...
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  • Santa Barbara County, California

    Torrey Pines Trail

    4.71 mi / 584 ft gain
    The vast diversity of terrain of Santa Rosa Island in the Channel Islands National Park is matched in uniqueness only by its own flora and fauna, in particular the endangered and endemic Torrey Pine. The best way to view and experience these strange, broad trees is via the Torrey Pines Trail, whi...
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  • Santa Barbara County, California

    Lobo Canyon Trail via Santa Rosa Campground

    12.03 mi / 984 ft gain
    The National Park Service describes this hike in the following:  "Strenuous.  A spectacular canyon with wind- and water-sculpted sandstone cliffs, a year-round stream, riparian vegetation, and a spectacular coast at its mouth.  Well worth the effort." I couldn't agree more with the last sentence...
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  • Santa Rosa Campground

    East Point via the Coastal Road

    13.76 mi / 486 ft gain
    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

    Black Mountain via Cherry Canyon Trail

    6.54 mi / 1329 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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  • Pismo Beach, California

    Surf Shell Beach

    5.0
    Shell Beach is north of downtown Pismo Beach. This is a fun wave that works best during the fall and winter months. It's a beach break with both lefts and rights. The wave is rippable and is less popular than waves at the pier or at Morro Bay. However, the wave is much less consistent than the ot...
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  • Santa Margarita, California

    Rinconada Mineral Mines

    1.32 mi / 472 ft gain
    My friends and I recently visited this abandoned mercury mine. The site was cleaned-up by the EPA many years ago, but much of the old equipment remains. Up the hill from the equipment are several deep cuts in the earth and a humongous hole in the ground. The sediment at edges of this hole are VER...
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  • Maricopa, California

    Potrero John Trail

    5.0
    3.51 mi / 627 ft gain
    The Potrero John Trail is only 1.75 miles one-way, and is mostly used for hiking. It is right off Highway 33- driving north on the 33, the trailhead is on the right side of the street, right after the Potrero John Bridge (parking is fairly limited so the earlier you get there the better). There ...
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  • Ojai, California

    Climb at Wheeler Gorge

    Grab a dozen quick draws, your 60m rope, and head up Highway 33 out of Ojai for 7 miles (One of the routes here describes the crag perfectly, a Riparian Daydream). Drive through one tunnel, and continue on for another mile or two until you reach two tunnels in quick succession. The crag is in bet...
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  • San Luis Obispo, California

    Catch the Sunset at the Avila Sea Caves

    4.0
    When I attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I would come out to this place to watch the sunset. It was my favorite spot to sit on a rock and take in the beautiful scenery as the sun went down. You don't really have to hike to get a nice view, you can park the car and walk out to the rock cliffs and...
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  • San Luis Obispo, California

    Ontario Ridge to Shell Beach Bluff Trail Loop

    4.0
    2.79 mi / 679 ft gain
    Ontario Ridge to Shell Beach Bluff Trail Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Avila Beach, California.
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  • San Luis Obispo, California

    Bike or Run the Bob Jones Trail

    5 mi
    The Bob Jones Trail provides a variety of activities -- running, walking, biking, skateboarding/rollerblading, and some exploring by the creek. You can choose where you would like to start, across the street from the Central Coast Aquarium off Avila Beach Dr. or from the parking lot off Ontario R...
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