Del Norte and Montanon Trail to Scorpion Campgroud

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Del Norte and Montanon Trail to Scorpion Campgroud is a 12.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Santa Cruz Island, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
12.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,660 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
14 days ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

backpacking
4 months ago

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.

backpacking
7 months ago

backpacking
Saturday, December 10, 2016