Trespass - Gaviota Peak
ElevationAscent: 2,143' 653 m
Descent: -2,143' -653 m
High: 2,412' 735 m
Low: 320' 97 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)
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“A challenging run that offers fantastic views of the ocean and surrounding mountains.”— Luke Brisk
Around mile 2.0 the grade starts to increase as the trail narrows. This is also where the ocean starts to come into view. Around mile 2.5 there are some washed out sections that require some careful navigation near the cool wind caves.
Eventually, you'll reach the top of Gaviota Mountain. At 2,458 feet, this peak has a great view of the Pacific Ocean. From there, head down a rocky section before reaching the Gaviota Peak Fire Road where you'll take a left and continue your descent the mountain.
Almost the entirety of the Gaviota Peak Fire Road is doubletrack, and very straightforward. There are plenty of spots along the way with great views of mountains. Eventually, the trail intersects with the Gaviota Hot Springs trail at 6.2 miles. This is not a part of this run, but it proves a good side bar if you want to make the quick jaunt to soak your feet.
From here, continue on the doubletrack to the trailhead parking lot.
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Land Manager: Californian State Parks - Gaviota SP