Scorpion Bay to Cavern Point Loop is a 2.1 mile loop trail located near Santa Cruz Island, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, and sea kayaking and is best used from June until November.
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 was 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!
Not much of a hike, but it's a truly beautiful view!
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
Beautiful and with immediate elevation. Overlook is award winning. Ability to Dolphins, seals, sea lions and more.
short hike with great island and ocean views.
We originally wanted to kayak to potato harbor but due to winds it did not got as planned. Never the less an amazing trip. Everyone had a lot of fun and was even able to do some snorkeling out of scorpion bay