Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve

Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve

Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
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Santa Monica23 contributions
Family
This place we did know about before we hit Carpinteria, and we had planned get our early morning walks in with the dogs. It didn't disappoint, you can walk the coastal pathways by the ocean and admire the great outdoors.
It was nice to read that this place was pioneered by groups of concerned locals and is mandated as a wildlife trust forever. It's pretty rustic and not too busy.
I was surprised how casual folks are up here around the railway tracks, which run right by the oceanside cliffs. In fact to carry on using one of the paths you have to criss-cross the tracks on foot which is a little nerve-racking at first. But the good thing is you get a real close-up view of the trains as they pass by.
A real breath of fresh air and a beautiful spot by the ocean.

Written May 7, 2019
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Lvig007
Ventura, CA13 contributions
Couples
Before you get to the composite trail with an easy parking area off the service road by the Ballard Avenue exit you may want to add a little intrigue. If you continue south on the service road you will dead-end into a cul de Sac. Park here and walk toward the cliff for a 180 degree view over the ocean. Hang gliders and other wind flyers take off from here similar to Torrey Pines above Blacks Beach in San Diego. Proceed north and here the trails vary. One will take you down across the railroad tracks and there you are braced against the edge of the cliff while the amtrak screams by. Not for the faint of heart. But fear not because in one mile there is a return trail back up to the composite route above. This takes you to the overlook of the Seal rookery. Quite impressive views. Continue along after taking photos of the seals playing below ( sorry you are not allowed to get close ) through and by the camp grounds along what is billed as the safest beach in the world. At Linden Blvd you have reached civilization with multiple eateries. Take your pick and head back for the 6 mile round trip hike. We went to Vons and picked up some sa K ad and fruit before heading back to our car. Plenty of restrooms along the way.
Written September 20, 2016
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Empty Nesters
Louisville, KY330 contributions
Couples
We spent the morning walking the trails along the bluffs, going down to the beach and watching the seals and birds on the beach. It was all very beautiful and my daughter had a blast watching seals. Definitely time well spent!
Written April 3, 2019
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John S
Ventura, CA546 contributions
Solo
There is a seal rookery at one area and it goes on for awhile, the south end going behind Viola Park. Dirt paths along the bluffs above the beach. You can seal pups during pupping season. Nice and peaceful coastal area. The north end also has a path along the road that goes to a golf driving range and the the Sheriff station
Written April 30, 2018
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Mark T
Hillsboro, OR2,520 contributions
Couples
The 52 acres of the Carpinteria Bluffs are one of the most scenic spaces along Santa Barbara County’s coast accessible off exit 85 (Ballard Avenue) on Route 101. There is a small parking lot The area consists of relatively flat walking and biking trails. Very dog-friendly. At the far west end of the preserve, there is a trail down to the Tar Pit Beach area,
Written April 15, 2017
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samanthaovitt
Burlington, VT121 contributions
Business
Its extremely beatify in cap. I went on a work trip and there was sooo much to look at, the mountains, the ocean. It was something I've never seen before.
Written January 28, 2017
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DocMary1
Indianapolis, IN194 contributions
Solo
I discovered this park by accident. I was running on Carpinteria Ave and saw the trails leading off toward the ocean. There are groomed trails and a rugged trail along the train tracks. Great views of the seals below. Great views of the ocean. Lots of wildlife. Bathrooms are at one end of the trail. On Saturday morning I had a lot of running, hiking, dog walking company. On Friday, not so much. I really enjoyed this trail and will definitely run here when I come back to CA! Cool conservation note - this preserve started in 1996 when citizens banded together to stop development. I applaud them! Thank you for your foresight!
Written June 20, 2016
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Dakota W
21 contributions
Friends
So relaxing! Great if you are in the mood for a peaceful nature walk. Great sights and views of the ocean.
Written August 26, 2019
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George Meredith
Windsor, Canada1,067 contributions
Couples
This is a simple basic state park stretching along the low cliffs in the meadow above the beach. The railway tracks and Pacific Coast Highway are behind you as you walk. We had heard there is natural tar in the area but didn't see any. This is just a nice pretty place for an oceanfront walk.
Written December 13, 2018
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rwagz
Oxnard, CA72 contributions
Couples
The nature preserve, seal sanctuary and tar pits park are all together. This an a great place to get outside and enjoy nature. The seal sanctuary is neat to see and the views of the coastline from the cliffs is amazing. The place is dog friendly so bring the mutt along for some exercise too!
Written February 12, 2018
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