Tunnel View / Trespass Trail (dayhike)

Trip Date: 3/12/2017

Location: Gaviota State Park

Permit/Pass: $2 self-pay at the trailhead box.

Trails: State Parks map

Directions: From Santa Barbara, drive up-coast (west) some 30 miles on Highway 101. After the road takes a big jog to the north, passes a rest stop and traverses a tunnel, look for and take Exit 132 - California One / Lompoc. After exiting the highway take two immediate right turns and follow the unsigned road to its end at a dirt parking area. 

Synopsis: If you haven't got time for one of the longer hikes in Gaviota State Park this fairly short trek will give you a good taste of these sometimes steep hills, along with some really nice views of the ocean once you've gained some elevation. If it's foggy along the coast this hike may just get you far enough away to bask in some sun.

Trail sequence: Gaviota Peak Trail (Fire Road) / Trespass - Tunnel View connector / Tunnel View Trail / Trespass Trail / connector / Gaviota Peak 

Type: Loop

Distance: 2.8 miles (* the loop is normally 2.6 miles, we added a bit at the junction with Trespass Trail)

Elevation: Min. - 289', Max. - 918'


Rating: Easy-Moderate (factors: heat, steep sections, overgrowth)

Notes: There are some excellent wildflowers along this trail if you manage to catch it in season.

Track: Tunnel View / Trespass Trail - Gaviota SP: AllTrails, GaiaGPS

Turn by Turn:

  -- Head up the immediately ascending trail for about a quarter of a mile before coming to a junction on your right (south) with the connector trail for the loop. 

  -- Turn right onto the connector and continue up the hill to a level spot where the trail forks. Follow the marker that directs you onto the Tunnel View trail and begin the half-mile or so walk south on the narrow single-track.

  -- After the trail circles to the left (east) it climbs a bit more steeply on it's way up to finally meet Trespass Trail. Turn left (west) to begin the trip back on Trespass (* we turned right here and walked into the open valley to explore a bit before returning).

  -- After descending back to junction to close the loop turn right (north) and drop down to the junction with Gaviota Peak Trail. Turn left (west) to descend to the parking lot.