Channel Island National Park - Anacapa Island - Member Hike

Hike Name: Channel Island National Park - Anacapa Island
Country: United States
State: California
Nearby Town: Ventura
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: Anacapa Island is only accessible by boat. Island Packers is the park's concessionaire for boat travel departing from Ventura and Channel Islands Harbors to all of the islands. A variety of trips, from half-day to multi-day, are offered. For prices, schedules, and reservations, call or write: (805) 642-1393; Island Packers, 1867 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, California 93001.

Ventura is located 70 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. From the 101 Freeway: northbound, take the Victoria Ave., left onto Victoria, then right onto Olivas Park Drive to Harbor Boulevard, where Olivas Park Drive runs straight into Spinnaker Drive; southbound, take the Seaward exit left onto Harbor Boulevard, than proceed on Harbor to Spinnaker Drive, and turn right. The visitor center is located at the very end of Spinnaker Drive in the Ventura Harbor. Free parking is avaliable at the beach parking lot.
Total Hike Distance: 1.50 miles
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Permit Required: Yes
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Anacapa Island Campsite
Trails Used: Anacapa Nature Trail
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: None
Management: National Park Service
Contact Information: By Mail
Channel Islands National Park
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001

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Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers
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Hike Summary: The Channel Islands are eight islands that are located off the coast of Southern California near Los Angeles. Five of these islands make up Channel Islands National Park which is home to a wide variety of natural and cultural resources. Anacapa Island is the closest to the mainland and lies only 11 miles southwest of Oxnard and 14 miles from Ventura. It is 5 miles long, but has a total land area that is less than one square mile. We spent a night on the island and stayed in the walk-in campground a short distance from the harbor. Nearby is a 1.5 mile trail that loops around the western part of Anacapa, and is a great way to explore the features of the area. The park service also has an evening program which speaks to the history, geology, wildlife and plant life on the island.



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Trip Reports

  Date Rating Duration Hiker
Channel Island National Park - Anacapa Island - June 19, 1993 June 19, 1993 4 stars 2 days BirdShooter


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