“Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could be a page in someone else’s survival guide.” – Morgan Harper Nichols
I’ve always had Gaviota Wind Caves on my list. This trail is located in Goleta, CA right before you enter Gaviota State Park there’s a road (on your right) leading up to the trail with a few parking spots. This is a popular hike and the reason why my friend and I decided to go really early. You know by now that I tend to avoid crowds.
Contrary to popular belief, I’m not as adventurous as you probably think I am. Before going on a hike, I do an extensive research on the place I would like to visit. I often check how long the hike will take especially if it’s going to be quite a drive for me to get there.
This is a short 2-mile hike with an elevation gain of around 500 feet. I made the mistake of thinking this was easy. It wasn’t. It gave me a decent workout. It also gave my friend and I a little bit of a scare. Call me a coward but I hate when the plants on both sides of the trail are too high for me to see what lurks in there. There were literally deers crossing out of nowhere. Yes, we were so startled that we didn’t get to take pictures and thankfully didn’t get accidentally knocked over by them. So just a heads up if you ever do this hike. They should put “Deer Crossing” signs.
The next part of the hike was all uphill which was a bit strenuous. It was also quite foggy that day which prevented us from seeing the amazing view from the top. Below are a couple more pictures before we reached the wind caves.
Finally, we reached the Gaviota Wind Caves. The first picture below shows the side of the cave as we started to approach it.
The inside of the cave is pretty cool.
On a clear day you would see the freeway from here. I obviously picked the wrong day. However, it is a change of scenery for me and I found myself liking it.
You can also climb on top of the cave. Please be careful as you can see it is quite steep and dangerous.
Bel’s tip for this hike:
1. Bring water.
2. Don’t do this hike alone. I figured if we were a bigger group the crossing animals would hear us from a mile away and not suddenly appear out of nowhere.
3. It’s a short hike but I would not rate it as a beginner hike. Bring hiking/trekking poles. It will help.
4. Bring food. We had a sandwich once we got there and you can sit inside the cave which is pretty cool. Leave no trace and take the trash with you.
5. Lastly, I know some of you asked me to write what I would recommend for first-time hikers. Please check out my website – I wrote all the basic necessities for a first time hiker there.
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What do you think of this hike? Please feel free to comment or ask any questions. I would love to hear from you.