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Smugglers Cove Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ventura, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 7.7 mi Elevation gain 1,400 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Beach

Views

Wild flowers

No dogs

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T HYDE
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Hiking

beautiful January weather and a perfect hike after fishing at Smugglers. There are only a couple short cuts but the best one is walking through the Cyprus gross.

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Amanda McLearn-Montz
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HikingMuddyNo shadeRocky

This is a great trail with beautiful hills, beach, and ocean views! It requires a whole day because you’ll need to take the ferry out to the islands, but the hike itself will be 4 hours or less (not counting a lunch break) if your an experienced hiker. It’s an out and back with some decent inclines but the ocean views make it worth it. Halfway there is a rocky beach with tables to eat lunch and outhouses for a bathroom break. Would highly recommend and plan to go back myself!

David Platt
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Hiking

worthwhile way to spend a day and there are some nice views, but I didn't really find the hiking on Channel Islands on par with the very high bar set by other parks in the National Parks System. Maybe I chose the wrong trails? Modertately challenging, secluded hiking was nice, but there just wasn't that wow factor like other national parks. I did very much enjoy the scrambling in Smuggler's Canyon, but wouldn't come to the islands just for it

Glenn Lund
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grown
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Kenton Bruno
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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Mariah Stuart
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Hiking

Lots of sun but really enjoyed this hike!! First visit to Channel Islands. Shawn and I loved getting a good hike in. A little strenuous with the incline but not bad.

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Ellen Berlinghof
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Hiking

No shade during the hike but there is a very cool ocean breeze for most of it. The halfway point has shade, 4 picnic tables, a bathroom, and a fox. The hike took us about 2 hours to get to the beach and then we ate lunch and about 1.5 hours home.

Vic Vohland
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grown

This is a great trial to a small beach cove. Really gives the feeling you got out of town if not the country!!! Lots of exposure so be prepared with water, sun blocking aids, and layers.

Mathew Fiegleman
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Hiking

Hiked over to Smugglers Cove as part of a route around the whole island. Its worth it. Really nice secluded area. Be warned, the hike up from the cove back to the standard elevation is pretty tough incline over a mile. Do-able, but a workout!

Rachel T
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Hiking

Hiked on 3/1/2010. The trail was muddy in places, and it was that sticky kind of mud that accumulates on your shoes, so it was a little difficult. Overall though, gorgeous hike that I’d love to do again! Worth it to go all the way to the beach.

David Reiley
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Hiking

Nice hike that is completely on a dirt road. Great views of Anacapa Island and the coast. I continued on to Yellowbanks to extend the hike which also provided some good views.

Nick Brandis
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lorieosr .
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Hiking

Smugglers Cove to Scorpion Loop Trail

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Jennifer Parker
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Really beautiful hike. Lots of flowers and green vegetation due to the amount of rain lately. The beach was nice, but rocky... would have liked to have been there at low tide instead in order to see more sea life. Would definitely recommend. Great workout too!

Kelly Marble
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Incredible hike. The most amazing part was the sound dog the waves at the coves hitting the rocks

Debby S.
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Hiking

Hiked in November 2017. Great hike on a beautiful California day surrounded by ocean views.

Michelle Sumner
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Hiking

700 ft elevation gain, then down to the cove. Leave the same way you came in. Nice open trail. 75degree weather was perfect.

Ben Halterman
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Hiking

Went to the Channel Islands for the day and this was one of the 3 hikes we did. Cool views, but not quite as spectacular as we were expecting.

Erin Zimmerman
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Hiking

Beautiful ocean views all around. Not much vegetation.

Christian Taruc
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Hiking

With high temperatures continuously soaring, the landscape hardly had any sort of vegetation. However, revegetation is being carried through to make sure Santa Cruz Island is abundant in life to ensure ecological restoration. Regarding the hike itself, the trail consisted mostly of going downhill. You’ll also be passing though Smuggler’s Canyon Trail. As a result of hiking past another trail, it was difficult to record the actual amount of time and distance it took me to get to Smuggler’s Cove. The map displayed that the hike towards Smuggler’s Cove is 7.5 miles, but from my experience, it was half that distance. This indicates, to me, that the distance is the total hike of going there and going back, in other words, a round trip. When you get there, there’ll be few vegetation and the shore is compiled of rocks. I put three stars because lack of vegetation and good scenic views.

Phil B.
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Fun hike on mostly paved road. Water was nice to swim in at the cove. Great scenery and solitude.

jesse johnson
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Hiking

I really enjoyed this trail. Awesome, commanding ocean views for the majority of the trail. I could see other islands in the distance and the mountain peaks of the island I was on. The cove was cool, too; I went at low tide and was able to do a little tide pooling. I saw jellies, snails, hermit crabs, anemones, fiddler crabs in the water and tons of lizards and grey foxes on land. Steep hike (definitely got a good glute workout and my knees didn't like me at the end) but a very enjoyable, scenic hike...would do again if I had the opportunity.

L M
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Had the cove to myself. Did some off-trail hiking near the cove, a dry riverbed. Great solitude, sweeping vistas. Fox followed me much of the way back.

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