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Gaviota Peak - Trespass DH

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 3.7 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Awesome view to a fun descent.


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Map Key

6.9

Miles

11.1

KM

65%

Singletrack

2,441' 744 m

High

316' 96 m

Low

2,198' 670 m

Up

2,213' 675 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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Overview

A steep fire road climb that leads you to Gaviota Peak, then fun singletrack for the descent - with excellent views of the Gaviota Coast throughout.

Need to Know

Free parking along the entrance road before you get in the main lot, otherwise it's $5 (self-pay).

Description

Right when you leave the main parking lot, the climb on Gaviota Peak Fire Road begins. It is pretty steep the entire way up. The road has several switchbacks and will meander up until you reach a pass, with a great view of the ocean. On your right will be Trespass Trail (singletrack), which steeply rises to the final summit of Gaviota Peak.

Once you reach the summit, continue downhill on Trespass. At the beginning of the DH, you'll experience loose rock sections and it will be moderately steep. Eventually, you'll descend to a meadow, and the rest of the trail is fast and flowy through oak trees and chaparral. Once Trespass turns to doubletrack, keep an eye out for the Tunnel View Trail on your left, which is a fun singletrack alternative that winds through beautiful woods and provides a view of the tunnel on Highway 101.

The Tunnel View Trail leads you to the same spot as where the Trespass Trail goes, so it's worth doing if you have the time/energy. Once you get back on Trespass, keep heading downhill and you'll re-connect with the Gaviota Peak Fire Road. Take a left back to the parking lot.

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Greg Healy

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 6 votes

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  3.7 from 6 votes
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#352

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#2,756

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Photos

View from Gaviota Peak
Apr 13, 2019 near Buellton, CA
Beautiful views at the peak!
Dec 18, 2019 near Buellton, CA
Rocky section leading up the peak of Gaviota Mountain from Gaviota Peak Fire Road
Apr 16, 2019 near Buellton, CA
View of the valley from the Gaviota Peak Fire Trail
Apr 16, 2019 near Buellton, CA
A view of the ocean from the top of the Gaviota Peak Fire Road
Apr 16, 2019 near Buellton, CA
Trespass Trail being engulfed by scrub brush.
Apr 16, 2019 near Buellton, CA

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May 23, 2020
Jacob Landers
Stupid steep up. Full loop down top part unridable, trail washed out. The rest fun and sketchy. 6.3mi — 2h 00m
Nov 16, 2019
Tony Boughman
Nicely brushed. Thank you! Consistently technical due to narrow tread, rocks and steepness. Great condition currently.