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.

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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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