An easy enjoyable couple of hours of hiking is all that's needed to gain Reyes Peak.
See the main page for driving directions.
From the parking area, walk along the signed trail about 200 yards to a junction. This is actually an old road - one path goes right, and the "Reyes Peak Trail" goes left. You want neither. Instead, aim for the bare slope ahead of you and find a well-beaten hiker's path. This is what you'll follow to the top. (The "Reyes Peak" Trail goes left and eventually leads to Haddock Peak and down to the Lion CG).
The route is steep at first but levels quickly. You reach a small saddle and think you see the top ahead of you, but don't get excited yet. Stay on the trail as it passes on open sandy section, then enters back into the trees to another small saddle. Now you really think you see the top ... well, almost. Just stay the route and in time you'll come to one more turn and then see the top, a jumble of rocks marked by a distinctive summit block with an "O" carved (naturally?) into it.
Another set of rocks about 100 feet north look as high, so visit these as well. Enjoy the great views. Foreground peaks block the ocean view, but you get great views of the stark Cuyama and Lockwood Valleys to the north. To the east is the Sespe Condor Sanctuary.
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