Hike Pelican Bay and Prisoners Harbor Trails

Pelican Bay

Ventura, California

Hike Pelican Bay and Prisoners Harbor Trails

8.8 Miles Total - 1358 ft gain - Loop Trail

Originally added by The Outbound Collective

The Pelican Bay And Prisoners Harbor Trails, on Santa Cruz Island in Channel Island National Park, is an 8.8 mile hike featuring unparalleled ocean views and chances to see marine life.

There is a plethora of vegetation and wildlife to see on this hike. The Pelican Bay Hike is inside the Nature Conservancy, which requires a tour guide to access. Bring a picnic or snacks for lunch. The trails are open for use year-round. No matter when you visit, bring more water than you think you need. 

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