Carpinteria Bluff Nature Preserve is a beautiful one mile out and back trail that provides beautiful ocean views and seasonal wildflowers.  This hike can be a bit longer if you would like to trek down to the ocean. (Note: there are no restrooms on this stretch of beach.)  When making a quick stop here, our family is content to simply take the flat trail to the seal rookery and observe the seals for a bit before heading back to the car.  Occasionally there is even a volunteer working at the Seal Observation Deck and available to answer questions about the seals.

A dirt parking lot is conveniently located right off the freeway.  The trailhead is clearly marked with signs.  Simply walk down the dirt trail and follow the coastline to your right.  This path will take you under some beautiful eucalyptus trees.  It is fun to stop for a bit and listen to all of the birds living in them.  The path will also take you over some railroad tracks.  This is an active railway, so mind your step as you are crossing.

This location does not have a restroom or a water fountain, so make sure to packsacks and come prepared.

Nature Activity Suggestions: sketching, bird watching, nature scavenger hunt

Directions to Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve can be found here.