Refugio State Beach to El Capitan State Beach Trail

10 Refugio Rd, Goleta, CA, US, 93117

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This is an easy, 5.4 mile hike that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. Dogs are not allowed on the beach in this area, but the entire paved stretch between El Capitan and Refugio Beaches is fair game. The path is open to bikers, walkers, and joggers and provides a spectacular view of the Ocean. Leash regulations do apply.


BringFido Traveler Rating

Refugio State Beach to El Capitan State Beach Trail has received a rating of 1.0 out of 5 bones by 2 dog owners on BringFido.

  • More than one year ago.
    path closed

    The path between Refugio and El Capitan washed out a couple of years ago. It is closed about a 1/2 mile from El Capitan SB

  • More than one year ago.
    No dogs allowed

    I was on the beach with my dog between Refugio and El Capitan, very close to the Refugio Beach campground, when a park ranger came running out on the beach to inform me that I was in violation of two laws - one, that I had a dog on the beach, and two, that my dog was off leash. This ranger was very hungry to give me a ticket, but reluctantly allowed me to leave with a warning after I showed him the sign that did not clearly state that no dogs were allowed on the beach. He stated the fines are between $600 - $800. Not worth the risk. Very unfriendly - do not take dogs on the beach here!

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