Gaviota Peak Trail, CA

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Distance Round Trip 5.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 531 feet
Elevation Gain 2,100 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
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18  2014-05-04 jochal
Author jochal
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Location Mesa, AZ
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Gorillas in the Mist
by jochal & HAZ_Hikebot

This is a really straight forward hike up a fire road from Gaviota State Park into Los Padres National Forest.

The hike starts out climbing, and mostly keeps the same elevation profile the whole way up. Half a mile into the hike, there is an unmarked path headed toward the hot springs. I took this path on the way up, which continues past the hot springs back to the road. There were a couple of bathers.

The rest of the way up was just a steady trudge up the mountain, on a road passable by a civic. Really beautiful santa barbara coastal-springtime views the whole way. There aren't many signs, but its never very hard to figure out.

The peak has a summit log and a benchmark. At the peak, the trail actually continues and you can take another way down (Trespass trail). Its longer, but less steep.

Gaviota Hot Springs
1 mile round trip from the trailhead. Some consider it a slight bushwack. Be aware of poison oak along the way.

Cambell Trail Loop
A loop with the old defunct Cambell Trail is about eleven miles.

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2014-05-08 jochal & HAZ_Hikebot
    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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    CA State Parks - Fee: typically $2-$15 per vehicle, view more information

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    Its about 20 minutes west of Santa Barbara, just past the rest stop. Basically, when the 101 turns North and leaves the coast, this is the peak it is bending around. Fee to park.
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