Looking for a great trail near Ventura, California? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Channel Islands National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Arroyo Verde Park or West Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 7 easy trails in Ventura ranging from 0.8 to 14.9 miles and from 3 to 784 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



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Remarkably good shape considering the amount of rain we’ve had

second time doing this trail, ran to the 3 mile mark and turned back. hiked it today same distance and got to enjoy it more, everything is nice and green and you can hear a stream running below

This "trail" shouldn't be considered a hike. The path is completely paved. And by paved, I mean a 2 lane road that leads directly to the cross... With limited parking. If you're looking for a nature trail, this is not it. If you're looking for an urban hike with a great view at the end, this might be for you. It definitely should not be considered a moderate hike, since it's an easy walk along paved roads.

Parked at the bottom and took a Lyft to the top, hiked from gate to gate. Beautiful views of the Channel Islands, green hills, Mt. Baldy, etc. Fire road is in good condition. Some fallen oaks around the 2 mile mark down. All of the mountain bikers were very nice & respectful. Great day!

Friendly trail. Dogs off leash are ok.
My wife and kids enjoy the walk.
This APP will help guide you thru the trails if this is your first time so u don’t get lost.
Hikers are also friendly.
Park is off leash from 6-9am.
I will definitely be coming next week!

28 days ago

You start and end in the park, you are supposed to pay to enter the park. The trail head starts at the backside of the park, not through the grass.

10-20 other hikers and a few dogs on the trail, I went on a Friday around lunch. There was on jogger with no shoes, jogging on the trail. Never seen that before!

No wildlife. There are many trails around here, do t follow the signs, follow your app.

no shade
1 month ago

Great trail, wonderful views. The trail normally a loop was now an out and back due to a fallen tree closing one part of the trail. The initial ascent is fairly steep but perfectly doable. The rest of the trail is fairly leveled and offers amazing views and lightly traveled. The day started with overcast skies until the sun came out and was fairly intense, so make sure to bring sunblock. The wind began to pick up and it became a challenge to make it to the end with particles blowing it became difficult to keep pressing forward. When I finally made it, it was difficult to stay too long due to the strong winds. It’s simply stunning over Potato Harbor, a definite must do on Santa Cruz.

1 month ago

Trails from easy to moderate/challenging. Our dog really enjoy the trail. Did about 3 miles with two of our friends. Will definitely do this one again!

Love this trail and so do my dogs!

Beautiful park. Well maintained trail and multiple path options. lots of traffic, kids, and dogs, and everyone I saw was friendly

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.

I enjoy the hills and the views. Dogs allowed on leash, always a plus.

Especially considering the ferry ride out to Santa Cruz where we saw a Grey whale the whole experience was unbelievable. Can't recommend the hike and really the whole island enough.

Love this local trail. Great for kids and adults.

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

trail running
1 month ago

Decent climb! Great trail for exercise. Started on this trail and continued to Smugglers Cove

trail running
1 month ago

Awesome sunset hike! Great trail for trail running

loved it u break in a sweat. and has great views

2 months ago

This is a great trail that gives you some hills! It’s as hard as you want it to be.

2 months ago

You have to pay $10 to reach the path or park outside the campground and walk about a mile to the path.
We paid to eat in but even then we had to park about half a mile away fro the starting point. It was a laid back hike that takes you through a park first then up a hill and then along the east side of the river.
We just went a week ago and it was very muddy.
Don’t go with a stroller.

2 months ago

Fun beach walk. Great on any day, and any day of the week. However, the weekends are packed - so I definitely recommend coming on a weekday or early in the morning.

Reopened! Not much to see yet - only one of three gardens planted at this point. Very exposed, so bring your hat.

Dusty in dry weather, but a good workout, great views and lots of sky overhead.

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

3 months ago

Trail is very easy to follow and well paved. Fairly steep at the beginning but ultimately do-able for almost anyone. Very relaxing and fairly empty of visitors. I would recommend this hike as the first you do in Channel Islands.

You can have an easy to intense work out on this trail. I love this park because I have many options to change up the trails and get a good work out in for the day.

3 months ago

Taking a swim at Tinker's Cove at the end was amazing!

4 months ago

The reason I love this park is because there are various routes. You can take it easy or if you’re up for a challenge take one of the two steep inclines to the top of the foothills. This is Central Coast chaparral at its finest. You may see some smalls birds or hawks and a snake on hot days. Great view of Ventura even from the moderate trails.

Pretty boring aside from the oil well at the top. Scenery just looks like the rest of Southern California.

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.

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