Explore the most popular beach trails near Ventura with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

Potato Harbor Trail is an moderate to easy hike and the views are spectacular of the Santa Cruz Island Coast. This hike is well worth doing, best in the spring when everything is blooming and it is not too hot. This day the ride over was a little tough with the swells but not too bad. There is an orientation you should do after getting off the boat, then you can do whatever you had planned. I immediately hit the trail up to the bluff overlooking Scorpion Harbor, then out to Potato Harbor overlook. Bring plenty of water especially if you are hiking inland, hotter away from coast.
Enjoy.

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

A nice, easy hike with gorgeous views the whole way! I was lucky enough to see a peregrine falcon perching on some of the cliffs along the trail. Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and water because there is nowhere to stop in the shade on this trail.

Just hiked this yesterday to gauge my hiking level. Would not suggest a beginner to hike this because getting to the Cross is pretty steep. But once you get there it is Oh-So-Worth-It. Magnificent views.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a beautiful hike with great views along the coast. I saw an island scrub jay and island fox, too. Easy hike and something that a family could do.

It's not too long, kinda steep, and most of it is through town and a residential neighborhood. But for some reason, I really, really liked it. Ocean, downtown Ventura, a very well kept up neighborhood, that leads to a short dirt trail, and the best panorama view of Ventura you will ever see. As you're approaching the hill, look for the cross, that's where you are going.

hiking
4 months ago

Not a difficult hike, but it can get pretty warm in the direct sun. Great views along the trail until you make your way down towards the boat launch area. Good quick hike to do if you are only on the island for the day.

hiking
4 months ago

The hike wasn't hard at all and you'll get plenty of picture opportunities once you get to the end.

Potato Harbor was amazing at sunset! We were camping in the upper loop and left for Potato Harbor about an hour before sundown. We took the coastal trail instead of the harbor road in both directions, and there was breathtaking scenery throughout! Be sure to stay after sunset to catch the best colors. You can read more about our trip on my blog: https://tellmeabootit.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/santa-cruz-island-channel-islands-national-park/

Easy walk ocean setting

hiking
5 months ago

Started from the Cavern Point trailhead and added an additional mile of amazing views along the bluffs. Had plenty of time for the trail, a long break at the overlook, and a chance to relax on the beach before the boat returned to the dock.

walking
5 months ago

Trail was busy with other daytrippers. Great views. Caterpillars, birds, and some friendly bees. Good hike for kids as it is quite level with minimal elevation gain.

hiking
5 months ago

This is the prettiest family hike if you are in the Scorpion Beach area. It is an easy hike and the views are spectacular. Definitely worth your time, especially if you area a daytripper and only have time to do one quick hike. Our group seen an island fox in hunting action.

We added the Cavern Point Loop hike for an extra 1 1/2 to 2 miles.

This was an easy hike with spectacular views of the coastline. We saw the island foxes, a bush sunflower, lizards, and heard the seals barking as we peered down the steep cliffs of Potato Harbor.

Flat, easy and fun. Walk on the promenade or the sand. You can go as far E as Marina Park and W, gee, I think to Solimar. Lots of fun. Easy and relaxing. Take a little windbreaker, especially if you start out after 10 AM, even if you don’t think you’ll need it. I live along the promenade and there’s only maybe 5 days out of an entire year that the wind isn’t blowing in from the west...

Super fun local uphill trek. Catch fabulous views of the city and pier. You can keep going up, just follow the dirt path. The trail ends at the shooting range, but if you still want to go further, pick up the botanical garden trail. Lots of fun. Bring water; it’s hot and dusty and you’ll get thirsty.

walking
9 months ago

Great city. Beautiful. Parking is free in some sections of beach. Empty on weekdays. Train stops right in front of Ventura county fairgrounds.

I started behind City Hall and entered the botanical garden. If you hike to the very top beyond the roads you will have the best view.

Beach views but lots of traffic nearby. Ending up at the pier is amazing.

Easy and great view of the ocean and pier. On clear days you can see Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands! The path is a bit bumpy for a beach cruiser but a really nice jog/walk and still very enjoyable bike ride

hiking
Sunday, October 08, 2017

Good easy quick trail

This is a really great little walk, especially if you park farther away from the trailhead and run back on the sand!

walking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Always a good walk after work. Beautiful views at the top and several fun pathways during the second half of the hill. Can get a little busy right around 5:00

Saturday, August 05, 2017

This was the first hike I've ever done. Not only did I challenge myself but reaching potato harbor made it totally worth it. I love the California mountains and to have hiked starting from the second camp ground area made my entire trip spectacular! One of the coolest and most memorable things I've done next to walking on a glacier in Alaska ! WOW!!!!! Channel Islands are not to be missed - will definitely go again

on Potato Harbor Trail

Saturday, July 15, 2017

We went to Potato Harbor, it was so foggy, we couldn't see the cove below. It was time for a snack, we sat and within 10 minutes, the turquoise water appeared before us. Only to disappear again quickly. It was spectacular. We returned by the north bluffs and down to the Scorpion cove.

road biking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Wish it was way longer! Love riding my bike over there, but much too short.

walking
Friday, May 19, 2017

Beautiful Views.

road biking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Did the round-trip from Ventura to Ojai (slight uphill) and back (easy descent). Will definitely do again.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Great view of Ventura!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Beautiful easy ride both up ( slight incline) and back! Scenery is wonderful. Ends in Ojai for a great place to walk and eat before the ride back!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Beautiful view!

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