Bluff loop (P.O.I.)

Trip Date: 3/10/2017

Location: Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve

Permit/Pass: None. Donations are accepted.

Trail maps: NA

Directions: From Highway 101 take the Casitas Pass exit in Carpinteria and head west. Turn left on Carpinteria Avenue and drive 1.1 miles to a right turn into the parking area for the Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve.

Synopsis: This is a nice little walk in a small nature preserve. The trip can be extended down to the beach for a visit to a harbor seal rookery. 

Trail sequence: Parking lot connector / Rhodes-Fleming Coastal Trail / Artists Passage / Dorothy C. Campbell Trail / connector 

Type: Lasso loop

Distance: 0.6 miles

Elevation: Min. - 9', Max. - 77'

Rating: Easy (factors: breezy?)

Notes: Go on a clear day for great views of the Channel Islands.

Track: Bluff loop - Carpinteria Bluffs NP: AllTrails, GaiaGPS


Turn by Turn:

  -- Head south from the parking lot past the obvious trailhead markers. There is a small memorial pedestal with a cast-metal relief map of the area off to the left. From here continue down the path toward the beach.

  -- Upon reaching the bluffs trail turn right and walk just under a quarter mile to where the grove of trees ends. Here you can continue on the bluffs trail if you wish to head down to the beach. To follow this track, however, turn right and make another immediate right onto the Artists Passage trail.

  -- The Artists Passage trail parallels the bluffs trail as you work your way back to the connector trail. From here, turn left and walk north to return to your car.