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Arroyo Hondo Trestles - Gaviota Coast

The Best Beach Walks in Gaviota & Fun Things to do in Gaviota

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Overview

Mileage: 1-6 mi • Region: Gaviota Coast

Things to do: Beach Walking, Tide Pooling

The trestles at the mouth of Arroyo Hondo Canyon are very picturesque, as is the beach below. To the west you’ll find a series of points leading eventually to San Onofre Beach, three miles away, a wonderful walk when the tide is low. This is a very remote and quiet place to enjoy the Santa Barbara coastline. t.

Beach Walk Details

  • Length : 2.5 miles east to Tajiguas Beach; 3 miles west to San Onofre Beach; 5.5 miles to Gaviota State Park.
  • Tide Notes : Low tides - 2.5 or lower - required to go very far in either direction.
  • Cautions : You have to cross the railroad tracks. Access to the beach requires going down a series of very steep and tall concrete steps. A fall off them could cause serious injury.
  • UseFees : None
  • Canine : Not appropriate for dogs.


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Beach Regions: Gaviota Coast
Beach Activities : Beach Walking , Tide Pooling

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Beach Walk Details

  • Length : 2.5 miles east to Tajiguas Beach; 3 miles west to San Onofre Beach; 5.5 miles to Gaviota State Park.
  • Tide Notes : Low tides - 2.5 or lower - required to go very far in either direction.
  • Cautions : You have to cross the railroad tracks. Access to the beach requires going down a series of very steep and tall concrete steps. A fall off them could cause serious injury.
  • UseFees : None
  • Canine : Not appropriate for dogs.

Access / Parking

  1. The Vista Point and old freeway trestles at Arroyo Hondo Canyon are 4.3 miles past Refugio.
  2. Look for a turn around .4 miles past the Vista Point (4.7 miles from Refugio).
  3. Turn around and go back .4 miles towards Refugio to the well marked turnoff for the “Vista Point.”
  4. You will need to cross the railroad tracks and drop down a very steep trail and cement stairway to get to the beach.

 


Things to Know

You’ll need to be in the fast lane to use the turn around. Signal plenty of time ahead to warn other drivers of your intentions. The drop down to the beach is a bit tricky. Be careful and go slow.

 

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Last Updated: Monday, November 10, 2014