Lompoc, CA is known for more things than I can think of. This lovely Californian town in Santa Barbara County has events and attractions that pull visitors throughout the year to its lovely location. Vineyards together with first-class wineries are a great visit for any wine lovers.
The flower fields attract tourists from all over the world each year. Presenting the best of nature in and around Lompoc these fields can be visited and photographed. But remember, they are private, so stay on the paved roads!
Aside from that, Lompoc has a lovely old town to stroll through and explore the culture. For lovers of street art, the beautiful murals in the downtown area are a great place to embrace art and dive into the local culture.
But for those who are looking for a holiday more in nature, several trails in countless parks around town are offering spectacular viewpoints with even more breathtaking views. In the first article, I presented the Bodgers Trail, Gaviota Peak Trail, and the Jalama Beach Park.
But there are more trails to go on adventures on!
La Purisima Mission State Historic Trails
This property of La Purisima Mission State is about 2,000 acres big and connects to the backcountry. Next to historic information, one can also get fit walking along the trail in the park. 25 miles of hiking trails are put all across the park. Some of these trails are sand. If you remain silent and stay alert you can be lucky and spot some wildlife too.
One of the trails, called the Vista Del La Cruz Trail, brings you up on a hill. From that viewpoint, you can overlook La Purisima Mission Park. It is not even half a mile round trip and definitely worth the effort.
The park is open daily and charges a small fee at the entrance gate. For pet lovers may be valuable information is that dogs are allowed inside the park. Horse lovers will be allowed to use the trails on horseback next to hikers as well.
Nojoqui Falls Trail
The Park is located between Santa Barbara and Buellton. Just off Highway 101 north of the Gaviota Tunnel, you will find the entrance to Najoqui Falls Park. Thanks to picnic tables and playgrounds this park is a great option for families and day visitors.
A short hike will bring you to an impressive eighty-foot waterfall. the trail ascends up in a shaded canyon which makes it bearable even on hot summer days.
"There are no junctions on the way to Nojoqui Falls. Just stick to the wide trail as it passes through an old forest of oaks and laurels. Halfway up, the trail enters the canyon below the falls, crossing a wooden bridge and climbing stone steps on the left bank of the creek. The trail crisscrosses the canyon and arrives at a stone viewing platform at the base of the falls." - hikespeak.com
This waterfall is all around the year an attractive destination. But most visitors come in spring when the falls are the fullest. But even in autumn Nojoque Falls remain picturesque in its natural surrounding. Most impressive are the falls right after some heavy rains when the trickle turns into a torrent shooting down the rocks.
Point Sal Overlook
Point Sal Beach State Park is a stunning nature park on the coastline of California. A highly-rated Point Sal Overlook trail is the main attraction for adventurers over here. The trail is a 10-mile round trip and offers panoramic views of the coastline.
The trail is a combination of paved fire and dirt roads. Wildflowers are guiding the trail together with some wildlife like hawks, seals, and other animals living on the coastline.
If you are looking for a challenge Point Sal Overlook is the right trail for you. The route isn't majorly difficult and has only a gradual increase in elevation. Once you reach the overlook you'll get a stunning view of the ocean. Then descent down onto the beach trails and walk along a pristine coastline beach.
I hope this motivated you for your next visit to Lompoc. Don't forget to bring your hiking shoes. And the camera of course!
- explorelompoc.com (https://explorelompoc.com/visit/hiking-trails/)
- hikespeak.com (https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/nojoqui-falls-santa-barbara/)
- alltrails.com (https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/california/nojoqui-falls-county-park)