Pacific Valley Bluff Trail Big Sur hike Los Padres National Forest Ocean view bluff hike
This short, level hike in Big Sur's Los Padres National Forest ventures to the end of a grassy point topped by a crown of spiked boulders. The bluff offers fantastic views of the coves and rocky sea stacks up and down the rugged coastline of Big Sur. The trailhead is conveniently located along Highway One, and at 1.1 miles round trip with 50 feet of elevation change, the views far outweigh... Read more.
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Tagged with · Big Sur · Free Trails · Los Padres National Forest · Ocean Views
Distance: 1.1 miles · Elevation change: 50 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 16, 2017
Cruickshank Trail Silver Peak Wilderness Los Padres National Forest Big Sur Hike
For backpackers and day hikers, Cruickshank Trail offers an extraordinary opportunity to explore the wilderness off Highway One on the beautiful Big Sur Coast. The single track starts by climbing to lofty ocean views, and then heads inland along a canyon wall with relaxing pockets of oaks and redwoods toward a handful of trail camps. The excellent trail to Upper Cruickshank Camp crosses... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: July 20, 2018
Buckeye Trail Silver Peak Wilderness Los Padres National Forest Big Sur Hike Buckeye Camp
It can sound like hyperbole when you try to put into words the breathtaking, jaw-dropping stop-you-in-your tracks ocean views found on trails in Big Sur. Never the less, Buckeye Trail has absolutely extraordinary views over the Pacific that you need to see to believe. Rising above Highway One, the trail ventures through the Silver Peak Wilderness, ascending coastal canyons and ridges to... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: July 20, 2018
Montecito Peak hike Cold Springs Trail Santa Barbara California Montecito Mountain Summit Cold Spring
The Santa Ynez Mountains form a verdant backdrop behind Santa Barbara. One of the highest summits in the range is Montecito Peak, which offers sensational views over the coastal cities below and the Pacific Ocean beyond. The 3,214-foot peak can be reached via a demanding 7.1-mile round trip hike with 2,450 feet of elevation change. It is quite a trek, but the ever-expanding ocean views will... Read more.
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Tagged with · Creeks · Free Trails · Los Padres National Forest · Montecito · Ocean Views · Santa Ynez Mountains · Summits
Distance: 7.1 miles · Elevation change: 2450 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 26, 2017
Cerro Alto Campground Los Padres National Forest San Luis Obispo Morro Bay camping camp
Ah, what could be finer than a night beneath the pines and oaks at a cozy campground in Los Padres National Forest? A peaceful camping experience awaits at Cerro Alto Campground, located just off Route 41 between Morro Bay and Atascadero in San Luis Obispo County. The year-round campground has 22 sites spread out along a mile-long road in an oak-shaded canyon below Cerro Alto. Sites at... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: January 8, 2019
Cerro Alto Los Padres National Forest San Luis Obispo Morro Bay Hike trail high point Cerro Alto Peak
The 2,624-foot summit of Cerro Alto is one of the highest points in San Luis Obispo County and delivers a panoramic view. It seems like you can see the entire county from the top of the commanding peak, including each of the volcanic peaks stretching between Morro Bay and Edna Valley, the Nine Sisters. There are a couple ways to the summit, each tackling 1,600 feet of elevation between the... Read more.
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Tagged with · Los Padres National Forest · Ocean Views · Summits
Distance: 5.35 miles · Elevation change: 1600 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 19, 2018
Knapps Castle Trail Santa Barbara ruins Camino Cielo hike
In the mountains above Santa Barbara, a plot of privately owned land surrounded by the Los Padres National Forest. On that land stand the remains of a palatial estate that burned down seventy years ago, the so-called Knapp's Castle. To the ruins and back is a 0.8-mile round trip hike with 50 feet of elevation change. The majestic views from this unique spot far exceed the effort. From... Read more.
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Tagged with · Los Padres National Forest · Ruins · Santa Ynez Mountains
Distance: 0.8 miles · Elevation change: 50 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 17, 2018
Gaviota Peak Trespass Trail Los Padres Santa Barbara hike - Gaviota Peak sits at the lofty west end of the Santa Ynez Mountains behind Santa Barbara. The 2,458-foot peak is just two miles from the Pacific Ocean, putting it in prime position to offer eye-popping views. There are two routes to the summit from the trailhead in Gaviota State Park. The traditional Gaviota Peak Trail is 3.15 miles one-way, while the immensely scenic Trespass Trail is 3.35 miles one-way - a superb 6.5-mile loop with 2,150 feet of elevation gain
Gaviota Peak sits at the lofty west end of the Santa Ynez Mountains behind Santa Barbara. The 2,458-foot peak is just two miles from the Pacific Ocean, putting it in prime position to offer eye-popping views. There are two routes to the summit from the trailhead in Gaviota State Park. The traditional Gaviota Peak Trail is 3.15 miles one-way, while the immensely scenic Trespass Trail is 3.35... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: January 9, 2018
McMenemy Trail Montecito hike Los Padres National Forest Overlook Santa Ynez Mountains San Ysidro Canyon Trail, Santa Barbara, California
This 3.7-mile hike combines four trails (San Ysidro Canyon Trail, McMenemy Trail, Girard Trail, and Edison Catway Fire Road) to form a loop through the mountains behind Montecito, California. The trails ascend 1,000 feet, providing good exercise and views. From San Ysidro Trailhead, begin hiking inland on the wide trail that passes through a neighborhood before reaching Los Padres National... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Los Padres National Forest · Ocean Views · Santa Ynez Mountains
Distance: 3.7 miles · Elevation change: 1000 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 2, 2017
Santa Barbara Outdoors Tequepis Trail Santa Ynez Mountains hike Lake Cachuma Circle V Camp
Tequepis Trail begins near the shores of Lake Cachuma and ascends the north side of the Santa Ynez Mountains behind Santa Barbara. The trail up offers views of the lake and valley, and there are broader ocean views from the top. This is an invigorating 8.4-mile round trip hike with 2,300 feet of elevation gain. To reach Tequepis Trail, start at the free parking lot at the entrance of... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Los Padres National Forest · Ocean Views · Topatopa Mountains
Distance: 8.4 miles · Elevation change: 2300 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 2, 2017

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