001 - The trailhead is on California State Park land and there is a $2.00 fee to park beneath huge sycamore trees.
002 - Head left at the trail sign in a tranquil grove of sycamore and oak trees.
003 - At the Y fork go left. A short route to the right leads to the hot springs, a bonus after hiking the steep route to Gaviota Peak. Continue left coming out of the trees and into rolling grassy hills. Watch for cows.
004 - After ascending a grassy hill, you'll head into another grove of oaks.
005 - In the middle of the grove, you'll come to a closed gate. Walk around it and continue up the dirt track.
006 - On the right is a weathered Los Padres National Forest post signifying your entry into the forest. Continue east following the track as it winds further up toward the peak.
007 - On a clear day the 360 degree views are arguably some of the best in this corner of Santa Barbara, CA.
- Distance: 4.8
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Watch for wildflowers like these blue dicks that are prevelant along the trail.
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On the way down take a short detour and enjoy the hotsprings after this steep hike.
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In a forest of coast live oak trees you'll come to a locked gate. Walk around it on the right.
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All along this trail fragrant ceanothus fills the hillsides.
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Vibrant Indian Paintbrush is found all along the trail.