A short hike gives incredible views of the California coast
Gaviota State Park has some amazing views- yes, that is the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands in the upper left corner! This image is taken from the Trespass Trail, just a short 2.5 mile total length and a 600 ft elevation gain, makes this an easy trail for such great views. There are several other trails, as well as a hot spring in the area. This trail is located just off hwy 101, just 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara.
Fortunately, there isn't a lot of poison oak, but the marker for the loop portion of the Trespass Trail can be easy to miss. Don't worry, if you get to the gate, just head back the way you came and look to your left for a trail marker. Going all the way to the gate is nice anyway for the amazing views.
California sage, monkey flower, soap bush, ceaonothus, coast live oaks, milkmaid flower, lupine, California poppies, manzanita, black sage and more are wonderful to see and the air is thick with the scent of the California aromatics. The best time to hike is in the early spring, which for this area begins in February.