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#42 of 59 national parks in United States

Best trails in Channel Islands National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Channel Islands National Park, California? AllTrails has 24 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 16 moderate trails in Channel Islands National Park ranging from 2.4 to 19.4 miles and from 0 to 1,489 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Five of the eight Channel Islands are protected, and half of the park's area is underwater. They are home to over 2,000 species of land plants and animals, and 145 are unique to the islands. The islands were originally settled by the Chumash people, and there is a unique Mediterranean ecosystem. The park is free to visit! The park is open all year. However, the visitor centers in Ventura and Santa Barbara are closed Thanksgiving and December 25th. The Robert J. Lagomarsino Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily. The Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitor Center is open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

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Map of trails in Channel Islands National Park
Park information
Acreage:
249,561 acres
Contact
(805) 658-5730
Top trails (24)
#1 - Potato Harbor Trail
Channel Islands National Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 23 m
Potato Harbor Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ventura, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of Show more
#2 - Smugglers Cove Trail
Channel Islands National Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(104)
Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 3 m
Smugglers Cove Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ventura, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used Show more
#3 - Scorpion Bay to Cavern Point Loop
Channel Islands National Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(89)
Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 50 m
Scorpion Bay to Cavern Point Loop is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ventura, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of aShow more
#4 - Pelican Bay Trail
Channel Islands National Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(48)
Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
It's a guided trail hiking by National Park ServiceShow more
#5 - El Montanon Trail
Channel Islands National Park
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(38)
Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 41 m
El Montanon Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ventura, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hikingShow more
#6 - East Anacapa Island Trail
Channel Islands National Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(39)
Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
East Anacapa Island Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ventura, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number Show more
#7 - Santa Cruz Island: Pelican Bay Trail
Channel Islands National Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(24)
Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
Note: This is a guided hike. Hikers are not permitted to hike this trail without a naturalist.Show more
#8 - Del Norte and Montanon Trail to Scorpion Campgroud
Channel Islands National Park
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(26)
Length: 12.5 mi • Est. 6 h 50 m
Del Norte and Montanon Trail to Scorpion Campgroud is a 12.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ventura, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficulShow more
#9 - Lobo Canyon Trail
Channel Islands National Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(8)
Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
Lobo Canyon Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used Show more
#10 - Scorpion Canyon Loop Trail
Channel Islands National Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(37)
Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 20 m
Scorpion Canyon Loop Trail is a 4.5 mile loop trail located near Ventura, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and isShow more
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