Los Angeles: Gaviota Peak

Scale rugged coastal hills to a solitary peak in the Santa Ynez Mountains on this 6.7-mile loop. Bonus: Soak in the natural hot springs.
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Scale rugged coastal hills to a solitary peak in the Santa Ynez Mountains on this 6.7-mile loop. Bonus: Soak in the natural hot springs.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.4

Waypoints

GPK001

Location: 34.5046310424805, -120.225799560547

Head E from lot in Gaviota State Park. Tip: It's warm and sunny here; bring 2 liters of water and 30+ SPF sunscreen

GPK002

Location: 34.5042190551758, -120.222602844238

R @ Y onto unsigned jeep trail

GPK003

Location: 34.5037994384766, -120.224098205566

L @ Y onto Trespass Trail; wrap around manzanita covered ridgeline

GPK004

Location: 34.4965286254883, -120.221000671387

L @ T along doubletrack for climb W; enter two gates into Los Padres National Forest. Pacifi c Ocean views abound in this stretch

GPK005

Location: 34.4930801391602, -120.205299377441

L @ Y, then L @ next Y, ascending on Gaviota Peak Trail over rutted terrain

GPK006

Location: 34.4959983825684, -120.203903198242

Hike N past two-chambered sandstone cave

GPK007

Location: 34.5018005371094, -120.198799133301

Gaviota Peak (2,458 ft.): On clear days, see from Channel Islands to Point Conception, where the CA coastline turns sharply N. Golden eagles coast seaborne thermals

GPK008

Location: 34.5038414001465, -120.197196960449

Reach saddle, go L @ T onto Gaviota Peak Fire Rd. for descent to creek; re-enter Gaviota State Park

GPK009

Location: 34.5025100708008, -120.214401245117

Follow switchbacks down through oaks

GPK010

Location: 34.5034790039062, -120.218101501465

L @ unsigned spur for short side trip to thermal pool

GPK011

Location: 34.5034103393555, -120.217903137207

Soak in shallow Gaviota Hot Springs; return to WPT 10 and turn L

GPK012

Location: 34.5029907226562, -120.219902038574

Go R around bend to WPT 2; backtrack to car