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Trail

3.0 mile 4.9 kilometer point to point
Doubletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,036' 621 m
Descent: -54' -16 m
High: 2,298' 701 m
Low: 317' 96 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Luke Brisk

A wonderful hike up the mountain on an old fire road to Gaviota Peak.

Luke Brisk

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Description

Gaviota Peak Fire Road runs from a small parking area just off the 101 up to Gaviota Peak. Along the way, you pass Trespass Trail at 0.25 miles and Gaviota Hot Springs trail at 0.5 miles before ending near the peak of Gaviota Mountain.

The trail is almost entirely wide doubletrack fire road which is closed off to motor vehicles. The only exceptions are two shortcuts early on. Those sections are optional and you can stay on the gravel road if you so choose.

The trail eventually crosses into the Los Padres National Forest at 1.5 miles where some maps show the name of the trail changing to Nina Pl, but it is all the same trail. As you climb there are multiple vantage points that offer views of the valley below. Each spot offers a higher perspective than the next. There is not much shade on this route, so be sure to wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water.

You'll know the trail has ended when you crest the hill and see the ocean. In total, you'll have ascended almost 2,000 feet. From here, you can take Trespass Trail to the southwest or continue on the fire road further into Los Padres National Forest.

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Dec 14, 2018
Rick Nieves
took a couple hours to go up to the two mile point and back down with an excursion to the hot springs. steep but overall a good hike 4.5mi
Jul 28, 2016
Chris Miller

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