This was one of my favorite adventures on our recent visit up to Santa Barbara County. It is a hike located in the town of Guadalupe, CA in the Santa Maria Valley.
The hike starts down a dirt road lined with plenty of poison oak, hemlock and beautiful wildflowers, then, as you approach the marsh, a nice wooden footbridge appears, and you are walking over Oso Flaco Lake! It’s a bird watchers paradise and the day we were there the fog concealed the surrounding dunes and lightly floated over the water.
You follow the wooded path over the freshwater lake for a mile or so, then suddenly you are walking through sand dunes that lead you to the Pacific ocean!
My cousin is the editor of Edible Santa Barbara, a fantastic publication hightlighting food and wine of the local area, so she knows all the fun and interesting things to do, she always makes our visits memorable!
I just loved the diversity of this hike, three completely different ecosystems within a 2 mile hike, I highly reccommend a visit if you find yourself in the region, a rare and delightful experience for sure! 🌊🌺🦆