Gaviota Peak Trail Head
Gaviota Peak Trail
The hike to Gaviota Peak is a challenging 3 mile uphill climb with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands at the summit. The trail is actually a fire-road which can be followed back down for a return trip, or you can make a loop by hiking over the peak and back down the Trespass Trail.
NEARBY TRAILS →
Gaviota Hot Springs
The Gaviota Hot Spring is a short 0.3 mile walk from this trailhead. There are bathing pools with typically warm (not hot) water.
Trespass Trail to Gaviota Peak
Trespass Trail begins 2/10 mile from the Gaviota Peak Trail Head. After about one mile the Trespass Trail leaves Gaviota State Park and crosses into a section of private property. You may notice normally open gates at the beginning and end of this section. After this section you enter the Los Padres National Forest to continue to Gaviota Peak. This trail is approximately 3.5 miles from the trail head to the summit and may be unmaintained outside of the Gaviota State Park boundary.
Tunnel View Trail
Tunnel View Trail begins 3/10 mile from the Gaviota Peak Trail Head. The Tunnel View Trail traverses below and parallel to the Trespass Trail (fire road) within Gaviota State Park. It offers views of the Gaviota Gorge Tunnel on Highway 101, thus it’s name. It can be used to create a shorter loop hike with the Trespass Trail, or to access the Underpass Trail.
As the name implies, the Underpass Trail allows you to pass under Highway 101 to access the trail system on the west side of Gaviota State Park including trails from the Las Cruces Trail head.
LEARN MORE →
Gaviota State Park Brochure and map (PDF)
Article by Seth Smigelski about Gaviota Peak Trail at Hikespeak.com
Article by Seth Smigelski about Tunnel View Trail at Hikespeak.com
Article by James Wapotich about Gaviota Peak Trail at Songs of the Wilderness
Article by James Wapotich about Trespass Trail at Songs of the Wilderness
Article at Wikipedia
OTHER PARK TRAIL HEADS →
Las Cruces Trail: Enter on the north side of the park and west of Hwy 101
Beach to Back Country Trail: Enter west of the park’s southern entrance
Address: Gaviota Park Boundary
United StatesAmenities: ParkingTrail Distance: Varies by routeElevation Gain: Gaviota Peak is 2436 feet above sea levelRestrictions: Dogs are not allowed on beach or on trails.