Beach to Backcountry Trail
ElevationAscent: 908' 277 m
Descent: -909' -277 m
High: 851' 259 m
Low: 36' 11 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
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“A short, yet steep route leading up to the wind eroded sandstone caves overlooking Gaviota Beach.”— Johan van den Heever
From the kiosk, the trail will lead you up the mountain through a patch of grassland and up steep inclines. The off-road trail starts with a steep dirt incline, but once past that you'll ease into a more gradual incline.
Once you get up the first steep climb, there is a place to stop and enjoy the views overlooking Gaviota Beach and Gaviota Rest Stop and Peak, plus the 101 Freeway. It's the top of the first hill; take the trail to the right for great views, and to the left through some boulders to continue upward toward the tunnels. There are several wind tunnels around so, explore. Many visitors will make this the end of their journey, but the trail continues just a little way further.
This trail connects with other trails that lead further into the mountain and park.
Land Manager: Californian State Parks - Gaviota SP