Hike Pelican Bay and Prisoners Harbor Trails

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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.

Photo: Oliver Dodd

Pack List

  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen)
  • Water 
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Snacks or sack lunch
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RT Distance 8.8 Miles
Elevation Gain 1358 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Beach
Family Friendly
Groups
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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