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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 activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 603 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No dogs

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Recordings (76)
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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.

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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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.

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.

Charlie Shevgert
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Hiking

Amazing spectacle to see three humpback whales breaching right off the coast of Los Angeles!

Maxi Mueller
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HikingBugsNo shade
James Hayne
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HikingNo shade

Nice hike to an overview several miles from Scorpion Anchorage. No shade and it was extremely windy, but that at least meant we didn't get too hot. Some good views from the top of the cliffs of some of the beaches and caves below as well as the mountains to the east. Could just make out the mainland even though it was quite hazy. Overall it was a fun easy hike that we managed to complete in a few hours after spending the morning kayaking and still make it back in time to catch the boat.

Ken Hudson
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HikingNo shade

The trail was clear and footing was good. Not too difficult for all hikers. Could have better markings but pretty short and traffic was average on a Saturday. Beautiful views easily accessible from the trail. We spent about an hour with a local guide who was very informative about the island. If you want to get in the water take water shoes. Lots of rocks. The ferry ride over was very rough and almost made us nauseous. Still a great day.

Blake Riley
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Hiking

8/19/19: Started off on the ferry over by seeing about 100 dolphins swimming/jumping along side the boat (pretty incredible)! From the Scorpion Ranch docks we headed straight up the coastline to Cavern Point, then over to Potato Harbor. Would recommend bringing a backpacking chair if you have one so you can just sit and take in the views (or have lunch as we did) at the overlooks. We just made it an Out and Back instead of taking the inner loop to give us a second chance along the coast to see some marine life. Unfortunately we didn’t see any whales, but were able to see schools of fish surfacing. Pretty cool! There are no trees along this route (thus no shade), so plan accordingly. Overall it was a pretty easy/enjoyable hike with amazing views!

Kevin Palmer
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Hiking

Hiked more than this back to beach

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Stacey Maslyar
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HikingNo shade

Hiked this trail on Friday, July 12, 2019. First off, the boat ride to the Channel Islands was wonderful. We saw a whale and several dolphins which was a great way to start off the morning. Once we get off the boat at Scorpion Bay we had a brief required orientation and then we took off. We did the loop clockwise as suggested which had some gradual inclines, but nothing too difficult or too long. The first half of the loop is just above the canyon with no view of the ocean. Once at the top the views are amazing. We were able to enjoy our food at the overlook while no one was there. As soon as I sat down to eat my PBJ an island fox came right up beside me. He stuck around for quite a while just checking things out. The rest of the loop was along the ocean bluffs with wonderful views. The hike was about five miles and took about two hours. Definitely recommend this hike!

James S.
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HikingNo shade

Great trail. Beautiful water and steep, colorful cliffs.

Jacqueline Sherburne
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BugsNo shadeOver grown
T May
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Great trail! Awesome views. I would suggest doing it clockwise. Less of an climb up and the first part isn't as scenic so we got it out of the way!

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Dan Marlin
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Hiking

Damn cool place. The ride over watching the dolphin pods surrounding the boat was the highlight.

David Reiley
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HikingNo shade

Probably the best hike on this side of the island (Scorpion anchorage) with great cliffside views overlooking the ocean. There are other great hikes, but if you can only do one, this is it. It is not too difficult of a hike, but there were overgrown weeds and grass in spots on the trail, but most of it was clear.

Holley Replogle-Wong
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HikingNo shade
Justin Luthey
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HikingOver grown

Awesome views. Did in April after the big rains and parts of the trail were a bit overgrown but not impassible. Saw about 5 island foxes. The trailhead from the campground was a bit difficult to find, hang to the right and you’ll see it though. Perfect lunch location at potato harbor viewpoint. Went downhill too early, definitely regretted not adding the cavern point loop. FYI, the hike to scorpion rock via smugglers road WAS too overgrown to pass, especially with the presence of ticks (we did see a few)

Rachel Sinit
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HikingNo shade
GT W
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No shade

Beautiful hike on Santa Cruz Island starting off with a quick ascent from the landing to the plateau and then mostly flat and paralleling the coastline. No shade. Breathtaking views.

Glenda Hurtado
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HikingNo shade

Potato Harbor has breathtaking ocean views and cliffs. It is an exposed trail. Spring was a perfect time to visit with all the wildflowers blooming.

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William Schultz
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Hiking

Very easy hike. Took a ferry in and camped the night. Gorgeous view and the foxes were so awesome! Can't wait to come back to the other islands!

Alexis Kubic
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Hiking

SUCH a beautiful hike. I definitely recommend taking a break and eating lunch at the Potato Harbor. You have beautiful ocean views and the trail is easy to follow. We saw an island fox on the trail! One of my favorite hikes!

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