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Alison L
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HikingNo shade

Suggest taking the trail out to Chinese Harbor and the road back for coastal views the entire time. The approach this way also better showcases the beach at Chinese Harbor.

Carlos Solares
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Hiking

Way too many seagulls

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Klaudia Alexandra
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Hiking

There was a heavy fog on the Santa Cruz, so we didn't get much views. But the hike in the fog with no one else, but two of us was really nice. The trail is easy to follow and effortless. We saw the Island Fox which was great, because we didn't see it on Santa Rosa few months back.

Russell Sadang
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The park opened this past week. The waves were rough during the 1.5 hrs trip to the island so I would bring anti nausea meds. The hike was descent, i just wish the trail was closer to the sea cliff. It was just great to be out there.

Monica Littel
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Hiking

steep, saw 3 or 4 foxes

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David Reiley
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Hiking

Fun and scenic hike on Anacapa Island. It is short and easily done. Very little climbing, but great wild flowers and overlooks.

Peter Weber
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Hiking

Love watching the sea lions on the Pacific side of the island, can watch them for hours. July is when chicks are all over the island.

Haley Showell
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Hiking

We didn’t do the full loop. Used this as a guide to Chinese Harbor from Del Norte Campground and back. We stayed two nights, so this was a perfect hike for our second day. We had the trail entirely to ourselves which made for a really peaceful hike. Only people we came across were some surfers on the beach that were staying on a boat in the harbor. Stayed on the rocky beach for a while and then headed back. Trail was super lush and green in January. Easy hike for the most part, just a little steep initially getting back up from the harbor.

Haley Showell
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Hiking

Used this to get to Del Norte campground. Great views, weather and no other people on the trail in January once we got past the day hikers (lots of cute little foxes joined us though). We stayed 2 nights, so had to pack a good amount of water on us which weighed us down for the inclines. The views from the campsite made it all worth it. Way back without water was a piece of cake!

Yogalover O.
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Hiking

We hiked on January 4th 2020. It was fantastic hike, two days prior to resuming the closure of the Scorpion Anchorage Landing on Santa Cruz Island. We saw a few dozens of dolphins up close on both ways to/from the Island, which was so pleasurable. The hike offered gorgeous views along the North Bluff Trail. On the way back, we took Potato Harbor Road which is wider and gives view of hills (which were nice and green where we were there). When you get off the boat, a ranger would give you a "mandatory" orientation which is to give you information to protect the Island and you. Then they also give you over one hour of history of the Island, etc which was very informative, but if you only have a few hours to do the hike, you might want to take only the beginning part of the orientation and start hiking. We stayed for a good part of the "history" part of the orientation and felt rushed for the hike. But the ranger (she was a volunteer - thank you!) was very knowledgeable and I appreciated the information.

Larry Jarrett
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Hiking

Great trail and views of the islands. This one is a must do for the park

Jeff Porter
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HikingNo shade
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Nien Wu
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HikingMuddy

Very muddy. It drizzled early on but the sun came out in the afternoon and it was beautiful. Lovely hike to Potatoe harbor via cavern point.

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David Reiley
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BackpackingNo shade

This hike is challenging especially during warm weather. The only fresh water after starting is at Clapp Springs which requires filtering and is a slight detour from the main trail. However, once to the other side, you will essentially have the entire coast to yourself as very few people make it out this far. Reserve a backcountry permit to camp in this unique location. There are multiple options back if you are interested in going a different direction. Elephant seals were also seen in large groups on the sandy beaches surrounding Ford Point. Watch the weather carefully as wind can be a major factor. I would try to time your camping with good weather if possible.

Jennifer Milan
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Backpacking

This is only for the Del Norte Campground down to Chinese Harbor and then out The Navy Road.

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Aron Callipo
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BackpackingRocky
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Elizabeth Green
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HikingNo shade

Trail was in good condition. We just did an out and back totaling 10miles. Beautiful views. Lots of up and down. Nice trail. I didn’t find the part that we did to be particularly hard, just up and down a lot.

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Brad Green
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Hiking

Great views throughout and we saw 3 island foxes. Pretty easy hike and we really enjoyed it. I recommend taking the coastal trail versus the road as that gives you the better views.

Bobby Black
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HikingNo shade
Richard Locke
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Hiking

The boat ride alone is worth it - lots of wildlife including dolphin and migrating whales can be seen. The stairway up to the trail is the most challenging part (and it's not bad). The trail itself is very easy; the views are spectacular and unique to the islands. There is a volunteer on the island that explains a few rules and offers a guided tour (which is interesting), or visitors may hike on their own. There are also a few campsites available - the island packers website explains it all pretty well. Definitely bring a camera - Dramatic ocean cliffs, kelp beds, (very) abundant sea birds, the lighthouse and other structures are all great subjects. Great date day for my Wife & I

RJ Valdez
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grownRockyScrambleWashed out
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Roger Long
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Oct 21 2019
Hiking

We did this hike from Scorpion campground to Chinese harbor cobblestone beach. It was a crazy hike back up. Elevation gain was quick and vicious, bring water , and any type of performance enhancer gummies Gatorade because you will burn through a lot going back up. It was 19 miles out and back and we enjoyed it.

Michelle H
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Hiking

Nice trail. Very windy! Easy to follow. Beautiful views.

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Olga Lexell
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

We took the 8am ferry from Ventura and returned on the 12pm. Easy enough hike. We decided to go counterclockwise on the Canyon Loop and then come back the clockwise route, which is a bit more challenging as counterclockwise features a steeper ascent. Beautiful views of the bluffs and lots of wildlife all around, especially dolphins down in the water.

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