What To Expect: This trail (fire road) starts in Gaviota State Park and then continues into the Los Padres National Forest where it reaches the tallest point along the Gaviota Coast after climbing over 2,000 ft.
Trail Rating: Gaviota Peak Trail is strenuous. Others range from easy to moderate.
What To Expect: The hike is about 12 miles round trip following mostly ranch roads. It makes a large loop starting near the coast following one side of El Capitan Canyon up into the hills and then returning back along the opposite side of the canyon.
What To Expect: Hike the Beach to Back County Trails to see the pockmarked sandstone rock formations that have dramatic hollowed-out “cave” areas and are one of the many unique geological formations in the area.
What To Expect: The Las Cruces Adobe is part of Gaviota State Park. The adobe has a protective roof and fence and is in need of repair. There is an interpretive sign that provides historical information. The meadow in front of the adobe is a great place for a picnic.
What To Expect: From the ranch gate the trail follows the main road turning inland and heading up into Quemado Canyon. At about the 2.5 mile mark the trail branches forming a loop up into the mountains.
Trail Rating: Easy at the beginning, but steep in places as you head into the mountains.