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Trespass Trail -


Overview
Access
Things to Know
On the Trail
On the Bike

Overview

Difficulty: Difficult • Mileage: 4.5
Elevation Gain: 1150 ft. • Location: Gaviota Coast
Features: Peak Bagging, Out & Back, Hot Spring


Cautions:
You will see warning signs noting that this is mountain lion country. In the springtime especially you may encounter ticks.

Highlights

 

The Basics

  • Length : 2.5 miles for the loop; 4.5 miles if you ride up to the saddle and back before heading down the trail
  • Gain : 200’ from the trailhead to the Trespass turnoff; 500’ from the turnoff to top of the Trespass Trail on the jeepway; 450’ from top of Trespass Trail to the upper saddle; 1,150’ total gain to the high point.
  • Difficulty : Short but tough.
  • Path : The jeepway is steep and continuous, which makes the riding tough. Beyond the upper Trespass trailhead the single track is overgrown. With brushing this would be a fun trail. Trespass Trail also needs brushing.
  • Admin : Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara District & CA State Parks

Things to Look For

  • Points of Interest : Peak Bagging,Out & Back,Hot Spring


Find Other Similar Trails

Difficulty: Difficult
Points of Interests: Peak BaggingOut & BackHot Spring
Locations: Gaviota Coast

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Hike Details



  • Length : 2.5 miles for the loop; 4.5 miles if you ride up to the saddle and back before heading down the trail
  • Gain : 200’ from the trailhead to the Trespass turnoff; 500’ from the turnoff to top of the Trespass Trail on the jeepway; 450’ from top of Trespass Trail to the upper saddle; 1,150’ total gain to the high point.
  • Difficulty : Short but tough.
  • Path : The jeepway is steep and continuous, which makes the riding tough. Beyond the upper Trespass trailhead the single track is overgrown. With brushing this would be a fun trail. Trespass Trail also needs brushing.
  • Admin : Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara District & CA State Parks

Access / Getting There

1. From the Fairview Avenue overpass in Goleta drive 26.3 miles north on Highway 101 to the Highway 1 turnoff, one mile beyond the Gaviota Tunnel.

2. Take the offramp, turn right and head back down the frontage road for 0.3 miles to the Gaviota State Park parking area.

3. The cost is $2 for parking in the lot, or you can park farther back along the frontage road for free.

Things to Know

Expectations for Riding the Santa Barbara Area Trails
Country trails are multi-use trails and as such are used by several thousand users each week. If you are riding downhill on these trails, expect to encounter them on your way. Your cooperation will help make everyone's experience a safe and pleasant one.

Ten things every mountain biker who rides the front country trails is expected to do:

  1. Have a bike bell so other trail users know you are approaching.
  2. Keep your speed down; practice riding techniques that minimize impacts.
  3. Good braking means never having to skid. Do not lock up your brakes.
  4. Approach switchbacks with caution and brake well before you reach them.
  5. Stay on the designated tread. The front country trails are multi-use, not a race course.
  6. Ride with other trail users in mind and enhance rather than interfere with their enjoyment.
  7. Always assume there is another trail user around each corner.
  8. Yield the right-of-way to uphill trail users. Stop and dismount if necessary to allow them to pass.
  9. When approaching equestrians, dismount and ask them what they want you to do.
  10. Be courteous. Smile and say something friendly to everyone you encounter.

Background

Trip Log

On The Trail

 

 

On The Bike

The Trespass loop isn’t nearly as difficult as the Gaviota Peak ride, but the first three-fourths mile is just as steep, meaning that it is no piece of cake either. Still, it makes a good short ride, has a great spot to look down on the coast after the ride up, and there are the hot springs to soak in afterward.

From the trailhead, ride up the main fire road for several hundred yards to the point where a secondary road turns off to the right beneath a large oak tree. This is the start of the road which will take you to the Trespass Trail. Fortunately you’ll have a few hundred yards of easy riding to recover from the first uphill. However, just when you think you’ve got it made, the jeepway turns left and begins to head up through a series of very steep grass meadows and then up through chaparral and more uphill.

The tough part brings you high up on the hillside. The road levels, and you can breathe again. An almost-level section takes you around a point and into a long canyon. The jeepway drops slightly for a hundred yards. Along the way you’ll spot the turnoff for the Trespass Trail. 

Looking up ahead, you can spot the saddle which marks the farthest spot you can ride to; beyond this, the trail heads so steeply up the ridge toward Gaviota Peak that there is no way it can be ridden.

The rest of the jeepway isn’t as well maintained as the road leading up to this point, and in fact it is overgrown enough that all that is left of it is single track, but that makes it a bit more charming. With a little brushing, this would be a great single-track section. The trail parallels the left side of the canyon, climbing gradually toward the saddle. From the Trespass turnoff it is a bit more than a mile to the saddle. 

Because of the brush, some riders may want to ditch their bikes and walk the last part. The trail winds through very pretty hillsides and past some very unique-looking sandstone formations before following a small creek uphill to a fairly open saddle. In the spring there is a small pond at the low point of the saddle. Follow the jeepway past the pond and head toward the ocean and up the steep hill if you want to enjoy the great views of the Gaviota coast you will find there. 

For the return trip, head back down to the Trespass turnoff and follow it down through a series of meadows and oak forests. The first part takes you on a twisting route which winds in an out of a number of large and gnarly oak trees, and at some points you will need to duck to avoid their long, dangling branches.

Once you are below the oak forest the trail cuts across a long meadow with a slight climb and then goes down through more forests to the lower meadows. You will find one spot where nearby springs ooze out of the ground, creating a bog of sorts. In the springtime you may have a little difficulty riding through the ten-foot-wide bog without getting stuck in the mud, but if you are careful you can do it. From this point it is another quarter-mile of pleasant riding with several small wooden bridges to cross before you reach the main road.

The hot springs are not too far up the road from this point and are definitely worth the ride up to them.

On The Run

On The Walk


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Last Updated: Sunday, April 3, 2016