Santa Barbara Classic

May 6 – 10, 2024

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It’s back! From the wild and remote westernmost California beaches to the warm gentle coast of the Riviera enclave, walk the Santa Barbara Coast not visible from Highway 1. Camp 4 nights at El Capitan. Walk west of the railroad tracks on the seldom seen pocket beaches; enjoy gourmet meals and evening talks around the campfire with local naturalists; hike Gaviota State Park’s Wind Cave Trail; bathe in the hidden hot springs; catch a glimpse of the Hollister Ranch and learn about the Coastwalk battle for public access within; pass by the beach homes of the rich and famous; and much more.

Camping: We have a large group campsite at El Capitan State Beach where we will be based for the entire Coastwalk. Those who prefer a room rather than a tent should make private reservations. Nearby lodging is available at minutes from our camp. Airbnbs are available in nearby Santa Barbara.

*Please note this itinerary is subject to change to due to weather and tidal conditions (see note below). These hikes can be modified with shuttles available for those who may want to return to camp mid-hike. We’ll have a variety of hikes, some with later starting times due to the tides. Here is a brief description of what to expect.

Monday May 6

2 ½ Miles hiking El Capitan Beach and bluffs. 

Tuesday May 7

6 mile hike in Gaviota State Park on trails and fire roads. 1000’ elevation gain

Wednesday May 8

6 miles bluffs and beaches +40’/ -40’ Dos Pueblos to Ellwood Shores 

Thursday May 9

12 to 14 miles bluffs and beach +60’/ -60’ Ellwood Shores to Stearns Wharf 

Friday May 10


What to Bring On a Coastwalk



Jacket – (wind and water resistant)

Long pants

Hiking shorts

Hiking boots

Walking shoes


Long Sleeve shirt



Tee shirt


Bandanna, handkerchief


Soap or body wash, Bio based/biodegradable



Dental floss

Daily Medications and vitamins

Shampoo, bio based/biodegradable


Insect repellent

Comb or brush

Towel and wash cloth

Personnel first aid items

Sleep wear

Poncho or rain gear

Camping gear

Tent, with footprint (pad underneath tent to keep your tent dry)

Sleeping bag with pad

Plate, bowl, cup, knife, fork and spoon

Cloth napkin

Tupperware container, for leftovers

Flashlight or head lamp

Small Folding chair/ camp chair

Day pack

Canteen, hydration pack or 2 water bottles, 1 liter minimum each


All meals are included but if you would like something different please feel free to bring your own.

Nice to Have



Hiking poles

Walk Leader, Mike Minky

Mike’s first Coastwalk was joining the 2003 Border to Border walkers for 3 weeks on the San Simeon to Carpinteria leg. Mike has been hiking and exploring the California Coastal Trail and leading Coastwalks for more than two decades. In 2023 Mike joined Coastwalk’s Board of Directors. Mike owns several record companies specializing in a wide range of classics from Cambodian psychedelic surf bands to Calypso to ‘60’s East L.A. garage bands.


Co-Walk Leader, Andy Vought

Andy is a lifelong hiker, as a kid in the Adirondacks, then for three decades in the Sierras when he lived in Northern California.  He moved with Andrea to Venice Beach a decade ago and now enjoys the mountains and deserts of Southern California.  His hiking heaven is the Dolomites in Italy.

Andy loves Coast Redwoods and Giant Sequoias; in addition to hiking the trails he has been a volunteer for Save the Redwoods League. Before retiring Andy was in the semiconductor industry, developing DSL and fiber-to-the-curb computer chips for companies in California and Europe.


California Coastal Trail Map – Santa Barbara

El Capitan State Beach

Aerial Photos of the California Coast

KCET Gaviota Coastal Trail Video:

Gaviota State Park:

Explore Santa Barbara:

Gaviota Coastal Conservancy:


5 days/4 nights

Rating: Moderate

Max Capacity: 20

$650 Member Price

$700 Non-Member Price