Backpack Pier to Ford Point on Santa Rosa Island

Santa Rosa Island

Santa Barbara County, California

Backpack Pier to Ford Point on Santa Rosa Island

19.6 Miles Total - 3041 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by The Outbound Collective

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. 

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