Gaviota Peak Trail and Hot Springs
Located 20 minutes from Lompoc, the Gaviota Peak Trail offers pristine ocean views from it’s 2,458-foot peak. The added bonus? Take a dip in the natural milky blue pools of Gaviota Hot Springs! The main trail is 6-mile round trip while the scenic Trespass Trail is a tremendously scenic 6.5-mile loop with 2,150 feet of elevation gain.
The main trailhead is just off Highway 101 in Gaviota State Park. The trail begins at the fire road and junctions at Trespass Trail where you can head left or right to hike toward the peak. Tresspass trail offers the more challenging and scenic views on the way up. The trail is single track vs. the larger fire road of the main trail.
Gaviota Hot Springs are located half a mile from the main trailhead and only a tenth of a mile off the trail, making it easily accessible and a popular part of the Gaviota Peak Trail hike. To access the hot springs, take the main trailhead off the Highway 101 (in the cul-de-sac) and hike up the main fire road to the junction with Trespass Trail.”Turn left onto Trespass Trail and hike up the road to the next junction until you see the creek. Turn right and follow the creek to its source. The hot springs will be located a tenth of a mile up the overgrown single track.