WHAT: Mother’s Day Weekend Hike across the eastern Gaviota Coast
WHERE: Start at Haskell’s Beach Public coastal access parking lot
WHEN: Saturday, May 11 starting promptly at 8:30am and ending around noon
HOW: Register below or by contacting Janet Koed, 805-683-6631, firstname.lastname@example.org. We are asking for $20 (sliding scale) for expenses
WHY: A unique opportunity to see and learn about some special places on the eastern Gaviota Coast
WHO: Anyone who is curious about this area and able to hike a moderate three-mile distance. Children must be accompanied by adults and should be 8 years old and above, and good hikers. This is a one-way trip, and there's no way to exit once we get started. There's no shorter alternate route back to your car. You'll be required to sign a waiver of liability. Sorry, but we can’t take pets or young children. There are no restrooms or facilities once we leave the parking lot.
Gaviota Coast Conservancy has worked for years to protect the lands at the eastern Gaviota Coast from development. While development has been mostly stopped so far, most of these lands are not open for public use. Through legal agreements and supportive landowners, GCC has arranged for an exclusive hike through private lands and along a remote and biologically sensitive stretch of the beach during low tides on the morning of May 11.
You must pre-register (below or by phone or email) to go on this adventure. The experience will start at Haskell’s Beach public parking lot at 8:15 am, where we will board a shuttle bus that will drop us next to the highway to start the hike. You will walk back to Haskell's and your car.
Leaving at 8:30am sharp, we’ll have Jump on the Bus take us to the trailhead of the historic Seals Trail. Guides will meet us there to show the way to the bluff top and down the trail to the beach through the endangered Paradiso parcels. Taking advantage of the low tide, we will hike carefully east, past the seal haul-out and beyond to Driftwoods and Eagle Canyon.
Gaviota Coast Conservancy has secured one-time use of the lands east of Eagle Creek to hike out from the beach past the creek and across private lands to the end of Hollister Avenue, where you can hike on the steep but scenic bluff-top Coastal Trail by the Bacara or along Hollister Avenue to the Haskell’s parking lot and your cars.
This moderate hike is about 2.5 miles, and will take about 2.5 to 3 hours. Most of the trail is relatively flat, except for steep sections by the road and dropping onto the beach. You will need to stoop to go through a fence, cross active railroad tracks and pass through patches of poison oak. The trail to the beach is rustic with some tricky maneuvering. There are no restrooms or facilities once we leave the parking lot. The beach is mostly sandy but has some slick rocky spots and cobbles. The trail back up to Hollister Avenue is a bit steep on an unimproved road. It’s all an adventure on Gaviota coastal property. Your guides will talk about the history of this place and answer questions.
Since we’ll be on private property, hikers must stay on trails, stay with the group and respect the lands we are crossing. You must pre-register, sign a waiver releasing all landowners and trip organizers from liability, and consider a $20 suggested donation (pay what you can) to offset our expenses and to help GCC protect these lands.