Winter Hikes: 19: Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands

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Snow isn’t a concern on these islands surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, just off the Los Angeles coast.  But, choppy seas could make the boat ride to the islands challenging.  Pop a Dramamine and hold onto your seat for a voyage out to Santa Cruz Island, which is part National Park and part private conservatory.  A guided hike takes you from Prisoners Harbor to Pelican Bay, for some great views of the ocean. Try to spot a rare Island Scrub Jay or Santa Cruz Island Fox along the way.

Location

Boats to Santa Cruz Island and other islands in Channel Islands National Park departs from Ventura and Oxnard.

>> Read More about the boat ride and the hike here

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