Today was an awesome ride! I rode up the path to the top of Gaviota Peak. This is a very challenging peak to hike let alone mountain bike as its very steep. It’s right off of HWY 101 on the frontage road. If your coming north from Santa Barbara you take the Lompoc/Vandenberg Air Force Base exit and make a right to go down the frontage road.
Your elevation changes about 2500ft. in about 3 miles. I rode on this trail which was mostly fire road but a little muddy ( it just rained ) and very steep at some sections. Other sections weren’t that bad. The trail cuts to the left at a junction and it could be confusing if you have never been before. If you take this trail to the right, it will lead you to the hot springs. If you continue around to the left you go up to the peak. There is another junction in the trail when you get there you can either go right (which is where I went) or you can go left and follow the “great wall” trail (When you see it you will know why its called the great wall) check the pictures below.
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Here is the readout on my gps app on my Android phone that I use:
Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total Distance: 10.52 km (6.5 mi)
Total Time: 1:51:23
Moving Time: 1:09:01
Average Speed: 5.66 km/h (3.5 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 9.14 km/h (5.7 mi/h)
Max Speed: 38.45 km/h (23.9 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 47 m (155 ft)
Max Elevation: 716 m (2348 ft)
Elevation Gain: 811 m (2659 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: -25 %
Recorded: Sun Nov 06 09:28:16 PST 2011
I did have to stop a few times to catch my breath but it was so worth it once I got to the top. Such an amazing place and incredible views.
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