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Gaviota Wind Caves, CA
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 Los Angeles, CA
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Distance Round Trip 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 74 feet
Elevation Gain 625 feet
Accumulated Gain 745 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 6.23
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Trips 248 map ( 429 miles )
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Sun  5:52am - 5:51pm
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Trail leads to several wind caves in sandstone walls of Santa Ynez Mountains with good views of Pacific Ocean and Gaviota Pass. First 0.5 mi is an asphalt service road that gradually descends then it's dirt and sand going uphill quite steeply.
First series of caves facing north is about 1.05 mi from the trailhead, from there in about 0.1 mile the trail reaches upper caves that face ocean and are visible (and audible if someone is speaking inside) from the trail on approach. Going out of cave turn right and go around to reach the very top and look through the hole.





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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Drive on US-101 about 30 miles north from Santa Barbara. Once the highway turns inland from the coast turn left following signs to Gaviota State Park. In 1/3 mi turn right at Y junction to go uphill (left fork leads to the campground behind toll booths) and drive another 0.15 mi. Trailhead parking is roadside.
    page created by AndreyP on Dec 04 2015 10:34 pm
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