Getting There

Getting There

The Island Packers (www.islandpackers.com) boat makes just a trip or two on a day.



We had booked to go on a trip last March but that was cancelled on the morning of the trip due to high winds! It was a pity because it was a beautiful clear day on the coast after raining all night. So we ended up making alternative plans and exploring San Diego and San Juan Capistrano insead.

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Potato Harbor Trail

Potato Harbor Trail

Potato Harbor is a scenic cove on the northern shore of the island and is a moderate 5 mile round trip from Scorpion Anchorage involving an elevation change of 400 feet. Most day trippers go with a ranger on a guided hike to Cavern Point which provides great views of the island and the ocean. A further couple of miles west will take you to Potato Harbor.

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Montannon Summit Trail

Montannon Summit Trail

Santa Cruz Island is the largest of the Channel Islands and is also the largest island in California. The western "three-quarters" is owned by the Nature Conservancy while the eastern "quarter" is owned by the National Park service. The Nature Conservancy areas are off limits to National Park visitors. This large island (3 times the size of Manhattan) is 24 miles long and six miles wide and covers 96 square miles. It contains two rugged mountain ranges and has 2 peaks above 2000 feet. The highest on the NPS side is Montannon at 1800 feet. It is an 8 mile round trip and provides opportunities to enjoy the "island effect" - 360 degree views of the surrounding ocean and other island areas.

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Island Life

Island Life

The Channel Islands are undeveloped and have minimal facilities. The campsites have running water and toilets and there is housing for park employees. Visitors need to bring in their own food and camping gear. The Island Packers staff depend on the able bodied visitors to form a line and help load and empty all the gear on the island.


Unlike visitors to other parks like Yosemite, most visitors seem content to just stay at their campsites and do not venture out much to explore the island's rugged landscape. Going by the cargo that went into the boats, it appeared that the typical visitor comes in for a "luxurious" getaway from the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

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