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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 activity options and is best used from June until November.

Length 1.6 mi Elevation gain 278 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Cave

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No shade

Historic site

No dogs

Waypoints (0)
Facilities

Lockers to keep animals out of your bags can be found at the trail head, along with restrooms. Pass the first set of restrooms to avoid the line, there is another set along the trail just a few hundred yards away.

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Reviews (90)
Photos (170)
Recordings (58)
Completed (242)
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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Bobby Black
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HikingNo shade
Marcelle T
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HikingNo shade

Steep incline at the beginning ( >20% gradient) to get to the top. Flat at the top. Well groomed. Easy to follow. Nice look out points.

Richard Langley
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Hiking

Short hike, easy. Pretty views!

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Kenton Bruno
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HikingNo shadeOver grown
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Mariah Stuart
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Hiking

We got the sunset this time ☺️ last night on the island

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shawn jakubowski
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Hiking

Had a little bit of a hard time in some places but always ended up finding out way back to the trail. We got to the highest point! Also got lucky enough to find a little gift that a previous hiker left ☺️ overall had a blast on our hike. A little strenuous at times but worth all the different views and terrain. Will say that prisoners harbor side is much much greener.

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Mariah Stuart
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Hiking

Just missed the sunset but got some of the colors. Was a nice little hike.

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Rick Bertram
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Hiking

A nice easy hike with fantastic views. Stay off the service road and on the trail. This 5.8 mile out and back will not disappoint you with steep cliffs and incredible ocean cove vistas.

Rick Bertram
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Hiking

A nice easy hike with fantastic views. Stay off the service road and on the trail. This 5.8 mile out and back will not disappoint you with steep cliffs and incredible ocean cove vistas.

Joe Klinker
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Hiking

Great views, worth it if you only have a limited time on the island!

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Jacqueline Sherburne
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Holley Replogle-Wong
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GT W
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Very short hike that is a syndication of the Potato Harbor trail. Quick ascent to start and then a flat loop with panoramic views of the harbor from the cliff tops.

Alexis Kubic
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Hiking

Very easy hike- if you still have energy continue down to Potato Harbor for another spectacular view (will make this hike a total of 5 miles). Easy to follow and amazing views!!

Kelly Marble
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Hiking

Did a sunset hike with a park ranger and it was really nice!

Robert Davison
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Hiking

Very easy. Great for picture taking and young kids. Nothing to worry about here :)

Sam@ NationalParksTrails
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Hiking

After lunch near the Visitor's Center, I went to the Scorpion Campgrounds. I tacked on some extra trail when I had been looking for wildlife around the campgrounds. I then went up the Potato Harbor Road then onto North Bluff Trail and Cavern Point Loop Trail. Great Views. Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

Monica Jo Ramey
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Hiking

For an easier climb start at Campsite 22 and come back down the other side. Make sure you take water as there is no shade.

Erin Schwartz
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Running

Some revegetation going on later in the trail. Beautiful panoramic views of the shore and sea.

Temple Shipley
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Bird Watching

Beautiful views

DJ Goodman
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Hiking

Beautiful short trip. We actually started at our campsite and hiked to Potato Harbor. Once there, we hiked over to Cavern Point and made it a longer loop. This was my first time on the island and will most likely be back on a 2-3 overnight stay. The camping on the island is fantastic; however, campfires are not allowed.

Eric Chun
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Hiking
Nels Thogerson
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Hiking

Well maintained trail that is easy for kids and adults. The final decent with switchbacks is the only reason for a moderate trail difficulty. Views are stunning and the Island Fox are fun to watch. Take your lunch and enjoy the views at Cavern Point.

Tonya S
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This shorter trail is a staple and must do for Santa Cruz. We went in early February both for the wild flowers and to catch the tail end of the season when whales pass the island. Of which we saw both :) There were maybe 6 other people on the trail, two of which were rangers. We did the loop in the direction from the lower campgrounds towards the cove. The beginning and end have a shorter rocky incline, but it's not that bad. It then follows along the coast to give you lovely vistas. It was so green when we went and cloudy that it reminded me of Ireland! Downside was parts of the trail were very muddy. While end route not only did we see a whale and wild flowers, but we also saw a lot of caterpillars, island foxes, and crows. I am guessing soon there would be equally as many butterflies. We also saw that special bluebird, whose name escapes me now. As an aside, the warnings you get on the island about the crows and foxes are legit. They are quick and very smart. We watched a fox almost immediately unzip and try to break into the a rangers backpack he'd set down about 10 yards away. Also when we got back to our packs on the cove (which we tarped per their directions), we saw obvious animal footprints all over as well as zippers moved in attempts to get in. Hiking poles would help as well as (depending on when you go) boots you don't mind getting very muddy. This trail was wonderful. I loved it more than I expected!

Alexis Hooper
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Not much of a hike, but it's a truly beautiful view!

David Costa
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Hiking

Amazing coastal views vast open landscapes and sheer cliffs provide you with a sense of how small you are in the universe. Easy small trail. Recommended at sunset for sure

Debra Lambers
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Hiking

Beautiful and with immediate elevation. Overlook is award winning. Ability to see dolphins, seals, sea lions and more.

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