Gaviota State Park For Mountain Biking

The 28th most popular mountain bike trail in California.

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West of Santa Barbara, the Gaviota State Park has 12 miles of mountain biking through oak woodland and chaparral backcounty over 2,800 acres. There are plenty of scenic ocean vistas and you will want to check out Nojoqui Falls.

To reach the park from Santa Barbara, head west on US101 for 32 miles. Just before driving up a large hill, turn left on Gaviota Beach Road. Head down Gavoita Beach Road towards the State Park Campground. Just before the Campground entrance, veer right on Hollister Ranch Road for about 0.25 miles and look for unsigned parking area on the right.

After the ride, you might want to hit the sometimes nude Gavoita Hot Springs, which is located just north of park entrance.

Note: Mountain lions are present in the park.

Overall, Gaviota State Park is the 28th most popular mountain bike trail of all 132 mountain biking rides in California. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Gaviota State Park including Gibraltar / Redrock Loop, Little Pine Mountain / Happy Hollow, Romero Canyon Trail, Sierra Madre Ridge Road, Ortega Trail and Tunnel Trail.

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Gaviota State Park Mountain Biking Map



Local Contact(s):  Gaviota State Park (805) 968-3294; CA Visitors (800) GOCALIF; Velo Pro Cyclery Rentals (805) 963-7775.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Bike! Southern California" from Dave Story

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  State Park Campground; Harbor View Inn, Santa Barbara

Luxury Loding:  Hotel Santa Barbara; Simpson House Inn, Santa Barbara (800) 676-1280; El Encanto, Santa Barbara (800) 346-7039

Breakfast Restaurant:  Brown Pelican, Santa Barbara; Sambos, Santa Barbar

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  34.47175, -120.229611

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  7/17/2016

ID:  5922

Gaviota State Park Mountain Biking Map


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