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Del Norte and Montanon Trail to Scorpion Campgroud

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Channel Islands National Park

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 difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 12.5 mi Elevation gain 2,660 ft Route type Point to Point

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Beach

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

Description
Waypoints (2)
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Getting There

No water along trail. Potable water available at Scorpian Anchorage but none at Del Norte so plan accordingly!

Del Norte Campground (starting location) is approximately 3.5 miles from Prisoners Harbor where the boat from the mainland drops visitors off. After hiking to Scorpion Anchorage there will be a campground and the Scorpion Anchorage Harbor where boats can take you back to the mainland.

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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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RJ Valdez
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Jeff Hawley
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HikingNo shadeOver grownRockyScramble

Such a fun trek! Lots of variance in trail conditions and terrain. I didn't quite expect just how steep and rocky the final bit of the climb to the peak would be -- not technically 'rock climbing', but it felt like it after the hours of hiking to get there and the weight of a backpack to contend with. As noted by a few folks, you'll need to pack plenty of water with you as there aren't any sources along the way. Some sections where the trail gets a bit fuzzy and overgrown, but not too bad at all. I set out in the morning from Del Norte (about 7am) and had plenty of time to explore the Scorpion history center and beach and chill well before the 4pm ferry arrived. A note on the campsites at Del Norte -- #1 and #2 are completely unshaded and were basically unusable in the August heat during the day. #3 and #4 were nice with partial to full shade most of the day. It was just me for most of my time there, so I hung out at #3 in the day and moved to #1 (for the insane view!) once the sun set.

Matt Mac
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HikingNo shade

I hiked from prisoners harbor to scorpion Anchorage in one day from noon to about 7:30 pm carrying a pack of 30#. I am 42 yr old man that weighs 205 lbs. this was very difficult because of the climbing uphills. the weather was helpful because it was foggy and not to hot. parts of the trail were moist due to the mist. I packed 6.25 litters of water and used about 4. It is treacherous. There is no water you must bring your own and take care of it. Also my legs were done by the time I got to climb the peak. Exposed. Long way down on either side of the trail at the mountain. Also some cactus near the trail were I was scrambling at one point and I was unstable due to tired legs. Thank God for his help. Be very careful near the peak. I recorded 12.3 miles however, that was started after I was already hiking so it is more. I would guess a couple more miles. The boat ride with island Packers was very nice comfortable with bathrooms and bar with smacks. The captain stopped for humpback whale, dolphins, and sea lion sightings. boat ride to prisoners stopped at scorpion first so took longer than the boat ride back which was about an hour I believe. Matt

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Bora Reed
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HikingNo shadeRocky

We started at Prisoners and camped at Del Norte backcountry campsite. There are only four sites there are the view was spectacular. The next day, we continued on to Scorpion via Montoñon. We appreciated the thick marine layer as the trail has no shade. The trail crosses from one geological plate to the other and it was fascinating to see the change in terrain and fauna. Remember to carry plenty of water!

Ankan Bansal
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HikingNo shade
Sean H
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HikingNo shade

Did this trek over 3 days and 2 nights. Started at Prisoners and hiked to Del Norte Camp, stayed the night. Then the following morning hiked to Scorpion and stayed another night. I brought about 5 liters of water in the springtime and was enough for me until I reached Scorpions where there was potable water. Make sure to book your campsites (NPS.gov) and boat ride (Islands Packers) ahead of time.

Rachel Sinit
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HikingNo shade
Schuyler Boone
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Hiking

Absolutely gorgeous. I did this going the other direction, from Scorpion to Prisoners. It’s a race. You get off the boat at 10:30/45 and the boat leaves in the afternoon from Prisoners at 2:45. If you miss it you’re stuck overnight. So you have 4 hours tops to do a half marathon (I clocked it at exactly 13.1 from pier to pier). BRING WATER, lots of motivation, and your sense of wonder... because it is so stunningly beautiful.

Chris P.
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Backpacking
Sariah Masterson
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Hiking

We traveled during labor day weekend. This is probably the best All Trails map for the hike to Del Norte campground on Santa Cruz from Prisoners Harbor -- on the map, it includes the green to the yellow circle. We also hiked the Navy Road portion of this trail to Del Norte, which many will tell you is "easier" to take on the way back in terms of steepness. It is a little easier at some points, but I'd say just as steep and even boring after a while being more inland and on a dirt road. The evening Autumn fog though was beautiful.

Nathan Manley
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Hiking

Would not suggest this as an out and back because of lack of water. Better to get dropped at prisoners and hike across or even over night at del Norte along the way.

Alixandra Rachman
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Backpacking
First to Review

Very beautiful trail that follows the coastline of Santa Cruz Island! Make sure you bring enough water, there is no source for potable water until you get to Scorpion.

Kim R.
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Hiking
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Jen Fowler
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Hiking
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Lyle Larson
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Ellie A
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Hiking
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Jenepher Schulte
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David Reiley
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Alex K.
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