The Cueva Valdez to Arch Rock Trail is a 7.5 mile hike on Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park.

This hike features amazing ocean views and unparalleled opportunities to see marine life and unique plant vegetation. The trail is open for use year-round, but is best used from March - November. 

Santa Cruz Island is the biggest of the Channel Islands. To get there, you will take a boat from Ventura, CA.

Photo: Oliver Dodd

Pack List

  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen)
  • Water (3-4L per person)
  • Hiking boots
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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RT Distance 7.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 1715 Feet
Activities Camping, Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Advanced
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back


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