A beautiful hike in Carpinteria. Gorgeous views and a seal sanctuary between December and May. The dirt parking area in Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve is located at the south end of Bailard Avenue in Carpinteria (right next to the 101 Freeway). While there are several side trails within the small preserve, the shortest route to the Seal Sanctuary Overlook starts from the center of the parking area and heads south toward the ocean. We were able to get a lot of beautiful pictures and even broke a sweat. It was a great way to spend the morning.