Summary: This is a wonderful family day outing with spectacular views of Anacapa Island, part of the Channel Islands National Park. The trip starts with a 1 hour ride to Anacapa, where you are likely to see pods of porpoises, seals, and large pelicans along the way. After walking up 153 stairs from the sea cliffs to level ground, you can visit a park exhibit and take an easy 2 mile loop trail along the edge of this spectacular island. Rangers provide a narrated walk along the trails, or your can just do your own thing. This is a unique experience not to be missed with crystal clear water, awesome sea caves and arches, and lovely wildflowers in the spring.
Trailhead: A company by the name of Island Packers operate shuttle boats that will take you out to Anacapa Island. The boats leave from Channel Islands Harbor and Ventura Harbor. Call Island Packers at (805) 642-1393 to get departure time, rates, and directions to the dock. (Lat:34.01663 Lon:-119.36209)
Trail Guides for Anacapa Island:
Day Hikers Guide to Southern California
by John McKinney (Olympus Press)
On The Trail - Malibu to Santa Barbara
by Cathy Philipp (Cathy Philipp Publishing)
by Tom Stienstra & Ann Marie Brown (Foghorn Press)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Channel Islands National Park - (805) 658-5730
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted 104 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Tom on 1/1/2012
This hike should actually be labeled as Ventura, and not Oxnard since the National Park headquarters is in Ventura Harbor. I would start here to get a history of the islands and then take a boat over to the island. Hiking is really nice.
Reviewed by Carla Huguet on 7/7/2011
i went there with a couple of friends last weekend, it was awesome! people that are sea sick don't need to be afraid at all of the one-hour-trip since the ferry doesn't go very fast (says me, a first timer) plus, you get to see a lot of sea life on your way there. it is true that there's certain smell due to the great amount of sea gulls in the island and that some of them very agressive, but you're given all the info to handle them during a brief introduction when you arrive to the island. you can finish the trail in a couple hours and whatever hard time you may have during the hike, it is completely paid off when you get to inspiration point, which is really amazing to see either with a with a sunny sky or during sunset.
Reviewed by CoryC on 7/10/2010
i went here on a marine biology trip of the channel islands and this place was amazing. Inspiration point was beautiful and the hike was fun and incredibly interesting. I would definitley recommend going there.
Reviewed by Rob on 6/14/2009
Be advised the entire island is covered in bird shit. Those that submitted good reviews must like walking around on a big rock that is covered in bird shit ... that's weird.
Reviewed by Jim on 1/6/2009
This is an amazing island and would recommend at least a one-time visit to everyone.
Reviewed by Bill on 6/30/2008
My wife, 15 yo daughter and I took the 2 hour tour of the island June 28 through Island Packers. The island and it's history are fascinating. The veiws from Inspiration Point are breathtaking and definitely worth the trip!
Reviewed by Jay on 11/5/2006
I have been to Ana Capa many times throughout the years. (I can now get there in my own boat!) Although this page describes the hike as "year round", I recommend Spring time. The seagulls are breeding, and you will see hundreds of them sitting on their nests right off of the trail. A little later all of the chicks will be running around. Quite a sight! Also, everything is green and in bloom in the Spring. Beautiful and spectacular.
Reviewed by gisteacher on 1/20/2006
one of my favorite places and I have lived many places in the world. Some folks say a few hours is all you need on anacapa ... I say good. More solitude for others! :-) kayak around the island .. I use www.islandkayakers.com and of course island packers who can be rude once and a while but do we have a choice? I wont say the best times to visit because .. well!
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