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greenBlue Campus Beach Loop

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2.5 mile 4.1 kilometer out and back
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 69' 21 m
Descent: -69' -21 m
High: 44' 13 m
Low: 8' 2 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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Trail shared by John McKinney

Hike along bluff tops and sandy beaches on this loop that connects Goleta Beach and Campus Beach.

John McKinney

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Family Friendly Kids will enjoy both hiking and playing in the sand along this loop.

Be sure to only hike the Goleta Beach Trail portion of the loop at low tide.

Overview

Utilizing the Campus Point Trail, Campus Point Beach Connector, and the Goleta Beach Trail, this loop is a great sampler of both bluff-top and sandy beachfront hiking in the Santa Barbara area.

Description

The Campus Beach Loop begins by following the Campus Point Trail from the up-shore end of Goleta Beach. From here it follows the bluff-top path further up the shore. The singletrack path parallels the UC Santa Barbara campus access road as it meanders back and forth from the cliff's edge. After hiking for nearly six tenths of a mile, the trail will pass by a parking area for the UCSB Marine Science Institute before wrapping around the back of the building to border the Campus Lagoon. Once you've passed the back of the building, you'll link up with the Campus Point Beach Connector, which will take you to Campus Beach. After you've enjoyed this popular beach, you can turn back down-shore and follow the Goleta Beach Trail as it takes you along the sandy beaches below the cliffs.

After nearly three quarters of a mile of hiking along these beaches, which can only be crossed at low tide, you'll arrive back at Goleta Beach, thus completing the loop.

Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.

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