Backpack Pier to Ford Point on Santa Rosa Island

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Santa Rosa Island - Pier to Ford Point is a 19.6 mile backpacking trip or trail run on Santa Rosa Island in Channel Islands National Park.

The trail is open year-round and offers the chance to see incredible ocean views and wildlife. Occasionally, water is available at Clap Springs (a detour off Wreck Road by a couple of miles). Bring all the water you need to drink and cook - recommended 4 liters per day drinking minimum. 

Photo: Michael Field

Pack List

  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen)
  • Water / water filtration
  • Hiking boots, hiking socks (wool), trekking poles
  • Snacks, food and cookware
  • Backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
  • Medications / first aid kit
  • Headlamp
  • Camera
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RT Distance 19.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 3041 Feet
Activities Camping, Photography, Running, Backpacking, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Expert
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back


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