April was not very kind to me when it came to hiking and the trend continued. The trailhead is located 34 miles up the 101 from Santa Barbara. The Gaviota Peak hike appealed to me because I read it was like hiking in Santa Barbara but without the city below and with less traffic on the trail. Sadly, the weather conditions were poor and only got worse as the day progressed. I look forward to trying this hike again on a clear day because I have a good feeling that the views from the top are awesome. This turned into one of those hikes, a tough hike. Sometimes a tough hike is due to the steepness of the trail, the length of the day or, in this case bad weather. It became a test of will, hiker vs. the elements. I feel I held up well, just kept putting one foot in front of the other. I did enjoy the feeling of quiet solitude, made more pronounced by the blanket of mist that enveloped me.