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Hiking Santa Cruz Island

Kathy deWet-Oleson
 

Several trails and roads traverse eastern Santa Cruz Island, providing visitors with spectacular hiking opportunities. These trails and roads range from the maintained, relatively flat, signed trails of Scorpion Valley to the unmaintained, rugged, mountainous paths of the Montañon area.

While visitors may explore the national park property on Santa Cruz Island, no hiking is allowed beyond the national park boundary onto The Nature Conservancy property. The boundary is the property line (marked by a fenceline) between Prisoners Harbor and Valley Anchorage.

For private boat landing information on The Nature Conservancy property, please visit Boating.

Santa Cruz Island Hiking Map and Guide (PDF file, 1.9mb)

Santa Cruz Island Interpretive Guide (PDF, 11.3mb)
Learn about the natural and cultural history of Santa Cruz Island.

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Did You Know?

1994 pygmy mammoth excavation, Santa Rosa Island

The world's most complete pygmy mammoth specimen was discovered on Santa Rosa Island in 1994. These miniature mammoths, only four to six feet tall, once roamed island grasslands and forests during the Pleistocene.