One of the best parts of living in the area from Camarillo up to Santa Barbara is that there are countless ways to keep exploring, get outside and discover something new. While my brother, Ryan, was out visiting earlier this month we decided to spend an hour or two exploring the Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve hike.
I would loosely use the term “hike” and more likely call it a trail walk because there is very little change in elevation and it’s quite a leisurely activity overall. The Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve is located directly off the 101 freeway at the Bailard Avenue exit making it incredible easy to get to, yet affords you gorgeous views throughout most of the hike. There are a few path options, one being approximately 1 mile round trip and the other 2 miles round trip. We opted for the longer route and upon parking the car, we head left where you’ll walk past a large park, then an industrial parking lot and eventually will hit the start of another trailhead. Stick on this as it winds its way along the bluffs. You will come to a point where you’ll cross over the train tracks and it’s not well marked, so don’t be alarmed when you come to that crossroads. As you can see from the photos below, the paths are well indicated and dog-friendly.
One of the main attractions of hiking the Bluffs is the Seal Sanctuary Overlook. If you just stick to the path, you will eventually come upon it. Just note, dogs aren’t allowed to enter the overlook for protection of the seals (we’re high up looking out at them). There is a nice bench where you can take a moment to rest and really take in the views that you’re surrounded by.
This spring, because of all the rain we had earlier in the year, the plants have been in full bloom. It’s so gorgeous to walk amongst these yellow fields of flowers. I was tempted to walk through them for a sake of a photo but there were a TON of bees doing their thing. #nothankyou
Dexie was just having a Lion King moment….
We took our time along the hike to stop at countless spots to take in all the scenery. I’ve lived here over 10 years, have never done this hike and never get tired of the views. In a weird way we lucked out with the May gray so it wasn’t too hot and we could enjoy ourselves without working up much of a sweat. You wouldn’t know by looking at Dexie and her tongue hanging off the side of her mouth!
If you’ve been to this region of California, what are some of your favorite ways to explore the area? Have some other great hikes you’d love to share?!?!
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