Summary: This is a wonderful hike or bike along the spectacular Gaviota coastline above Santa Barbara. The trail is actually a paved bike path that parallels the beach for the 2.5 mile stretch between El Capitan beach and Refugio beach. There are several locations where you can exit the trail to explore interesting driftwood and unusual rock formations on the beach. The trail isn't exactly level, but I have done this hike with a 6 year old, if your willing to carry them on the uphill stretches. Highly recommended!
Trailhead: From Santa Barbara, drive 20 miles north to the El Capitan State Beach Campground. You can pick up the hiking and biking path by the campground store. (Lat:34.45912 Lon:-120.02215)
Trail Guides for Aniso Trail - El Capitan Beach:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Bikes, Dogs
Ranger Contact: Park Ranger 805-968-3294
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted 104 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews Submit your own review
Reviewed by Gonumber11 on 9/2/2012
This trail is closed 1 mile north of El Cap - "storm damage"
Reviewed by kc on 3/9/2009
trail closed... :(
Reviewed by HLT on 7/29/2005
We have used this trail many times for biking between El Capitan Beach and Refugio Beach. Our boys (one 6 yr old, one 12 yr old) consider this bike path their favorite due to the beautiful scenery overlooking the ocean, and to the ondulating path which presents some challenge for kids but not too much.
Reviewed by cottonjin & gab on 11/24/2004
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