Channel Islands National Park is a United States national park that consists of five of the eight Channel Islands off the coast of the U.S. state of California, in the Pacific Ocean. Although the islands are close to the shore of densely-populated Southern California, their isolation has left them relatively undeveloped. The islands within the park extend along the Southern California coast from Point Conception near Santa Barbara to San Pedro, a neighborhood of Los Angeles. Park headquarters and the Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center are located in the city of Ventura.Channel Islands National Park is home to a wide variety of significant natural and cultural resources. It was designated a U.S. National Monument on April 26, 1938, and a National Biosphere Reserve in 1976. It was promoted to a National Park on March 5, 1980.More than 2,000 species of plants and animals can be found within the park. However only three mammals are endemic to the islands, one of which is the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) which is known to carry the sin nombre hantavirus. Spotted Skunk and Channel Islands Fox also are endemic. The Island fence lizard is also endemic to the Channel Islands. Other animals in the park include Island Scrub Jay, harbor seal, sea lion, island fox, spotted skunk, island night lizard, barn owl, American kestrel, horned lark and meadowlark and California brown pelican. One hundred and forty-five of these species are unique to the islands and found nowhere else in the world. Marine life ranges from microscopic plankton to the endangered blue whale, the largest animal ever to live on earth. Archeological and cultural resources span a period of more than 10,000 years.
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island, California, United States
Santa Cruz Island is one of the five Channel Islands off the California coast. We took Island Packers boat from Ventura Harbor to Scorpian Achorage on the east side of the island which is under control by the National Park Service. The boat trip is about 23 miles and takes one hour. The west side of the island is controlled by the Nature Conservancy. The island is well protected from human influence....
Backpacking Santa Cruz island
Faria, California, United States
My wife and I were passing by the city of Ventura on a road trip up highway 1. I was driving and I noticed a Channel island national park visitor center sign. So I decided to check out the visitor center. The rangers were very helpful and explained everything we needed to know about the park. They Explained it so well that my wife and I decided to park the car for a couple of days and...
Hike on Santa Cruz Island
Faria, California, United States
Smuggler's Cove. Mimi and I took the dinghy to shore and hiked about a bit. We flooded the dinghy both on arrival and departure to shore! Almost we stuck but for the help of some surf god watching us, who paddled over and pushed us out.
Ventura, California, United States
First day on the island after doing three trips from the pier to the upper campgrounds. The ranger said that smugglers was an easy five mile hike. After making it down to smugglers canyon and hangin out on the beach, we trekked back and realized "five miles my a$$". we later found out it was closer to 7.5 miles and this verified it for us. Beautiful scenery. Was ultimately worth the trek...
santa cruz isalnd, California, United States
Second day of the trip. Decided to do the ridge. Wasn't necessarily too long but we did climb like 1,000 feet in a 1.25 miles. The gps used said it was closer to 6 miles so this isn't too much off. This came out to about 1600 feet of gain and the view (what we saw of it) was pretty awesome. We went earlier in the morning and when we got to...