Carpinteria Bluffs & Seal Sanctuary
The Carpinteria Bluffs offer a flat, well-maintained walk with expansive views of the ocean and a view of the Seal Sanctuary on the sand below.
“The Carpinteria Bluffs are now preserved as open space, thanks to the many local citizens who contributed so saving them. I always enjoy my walks here. Getting off the freeway, there is almost always a catering truck nearby where I can get a snow cone or drink before heading down to the beach.
The walk down to the bluffs leads through quiet, open meadows and a long row of stately eucalyptus trees. It is easy walking along the bluff edge to the Chevron Oil Pier, where you can observe harbor seals on the beach.
There is access to the beach just east of the pier, leading down to a long sandy beach where you can enjoy a mile of secluded walking down to Rincon Point. To the west you will need to walk through the Chevron parking lot to reach more of the Carp bluffs. These will lead you along a very pleasant set of overlooks and eventually down to the ocean’s edge. From there it is a bit more than a mile to the state park.” Santa Barbara Independent: http://www.independent.com/news/2007/nov/13/carpinteria-bluffs/
Directions from Ventura: 101 North. Exit Bailard and turn left towards ocean until it ends at a dirt parking lot. You’ll see the trailhead in the parking lot.