El Montanon Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
A strenuous hike, especially if you are hiking from North to South from the Prisoners/Del Norte portion of the island, but well worth it. Beautiful views of Santa Cruz island that offer ocean, rolling hill, canyon, and mountain scenery. Bring plenty of water.
Hiked this about a year ago. It's a beautiful, easy to follow trail to the top of the mountain. Once you reach the top, you'll feel the other side of the island beckoning. We caved to the siren call of the backcountry , went off trail, and quite enjoyed continuing on the ridge that goes towards Smugglers. If you go this way, be prepared to encounter some steep terrain with a thick layer of loose gravelly stone. We did it without trekking poles and stayed on our feet, no problem. Continue down throgh the gresslands (formerly grazing land) until you get to the road, then follow that down to Smugglers. I can't remember how we found our way down to Smugglers exactly, but the Island isn't huge, there aren't any predatory animals, and if you've got a few hours to kill (as is likely), this is a great way to go off trail without feeling like you're getting lost in the woods.