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Channel Island Backpacking
updated: Mar 12, 2014, 3:05 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

A subscriber is wondering which Channel Islands allow backpacking.

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 COMMENT 502234 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-12 03:12 PM

All of them to some degree. You can't drive when over there (unless you are on TNC land), so by default you have to haul your own gear.


 COMMENT 502236 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-12 03:18 PM

Do you mean camping or hiking or both.


 COMMENT 502238 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-12 03:19 PM

All of them, although some areas are restricted (like Santa Cruz west). Go to Island Packers' website to see the schedule of when they go out there. If you go to San Miguel, bring a strong wind shelter!


 COMMENT 502246 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-12 03:43 PM

Santa Rosa Island is the best. It's a short trek to the campground though. There are lean-to structures to help protect you against the wind.

Santa Cruz Island has Del Norte Campground, but you hike a good distance through a monoculture of fennel and have to pack all of your water in, so I would not recommend it.


 COMMENT 502247 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-12 03:44 PM

Google it.

SC Island you can camp at Del Norte year round. BC is closed off at SR until this summer.


 COMMENT 502263P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-12 04:36 PM

Not a Channel Island, but Catalina has a number of campgrounds and roads/trails to hike on. I once spent a week meandering between Avalon and Two Harbors and didn't see anyone the entire time, other than at the beginning/end. It was great.


 COMMENT 502287 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-12 05:35 PM

Channel Islands National Park administers the four Northern Channel Islands and also tiny Santa Barbara Island. That's the place to get answers to your questions about backpacking, camping, hiking, etc.

BTW, Catalina is one of the Southern Channel Islands. So are San Clemente and San Nicolas, but they're not open to the public.


 COMMENT 502288 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-12 05:38 PM

I believe you must camp at designated campgrounds. Santa Rosa has just one So you must do day hikes on the rest of the Island. On santa cruz you could start at prisoner's , hike to Del Norte and overnite then hike out to Scorpion


 COMMENT 502300 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-12 07:15 PM

To the guy who got deleted...
Sometimes it's nice to have a conversation about it with folks who may have knowledge and experience that some web page might not offer.


 COMMENT 502304 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-12 07:30 PM

Authoritatively, www (dot) nps (dot) gov/CHIS

CHIS is NPS-speak for Channel Islands NP
YOSE= Yosemite
GRCA= Grand Canyon


 COMMENT 502368 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-13 08:16 AM

DELETED guy here. I was misunderstood. My point was to say that someone, like 247 was going to comment to the OP that he should just google it. I think anyone who says "google it" should be deleted. I fully understand why people ask there questions here when they know they could just do an internet search. I often pose questions here that I know I could just google. Cheers everyone! I won't be trying to be funny in my comments anymore... lol.


 COMMENT 502386 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-13 09:16 AM

I highly recommend Santa Rosa. Hike is about a mile and not too steep. Campsight is in a cool valley and you can do hikes to the Torrrey Pines or along the beach and most likely will not see anyone. San Miguel is also incredible just a harder hike and more wind weather. Be prepared for serious wind like 50 to 60 knots or it could just be perfect. If feels like Ca in the 1800's.


 COMMENT 502668 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-14 09:54 AM

San Miguel was great when I camped there. Good video of the trip on Youtube.


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