Trying to beat the heat is always one of my first priorities when choosing a trail. This week I traveled up the coast a bit to the coolest spot I could find, about 20 miles or so past Santa Barbara. Aniso Trail runs between El Capitan and Refugio State Beaches. The trail is paved but one can hike in the dirt right next to it for much of the way. There is a section of trail, officially closed due to erosion, but the barriers are unmaintained and easy to get around and the closure does not seem to be enforced. I crossed paths with many people hiking this stretch. The blufftop views of the coastline are outstanding, and the beach below has several interesting features.