We have done less adventuring than I would have liked this year but I figured it was about time I posted about our trip to Santa Cruz Island over Memorial Day weekend. We had been talking about taking a trip to Channel Islands National Park since maybe our first backpacking trip last spring and we finally made it happen. This trip required more preparation as we had to take a boat out to the island and we needed to carry all of our water with us, since there was no potable water at our campsite*. We left early on Sunday morning to catch our boat at 9AM in Ventura. The boat ride was choppy but luckily no one got sea sick. We made it to Prisoner’s Harbor around 11AM and had lunch at a picnic table right on the beach. After lunch, we made the 4 mile hike to the Del Norte Campsite. This was an intense hike for me, lots of steep climbs but we made it. The Del Norte Campsite has just 4 spots but overlooks the Pacific Ocean so the view is perfect. Once we got to our site, we set up our tents, relaxed and napped. We then took a short hike further along the main trail to see if we could spot any of the island foxes we were anxious to see. We spotted one down the road but he kept his distance. Once back at our campsite, we started to cook dinner and a little fox came to investigate the campsite next to us. We watched him from a distance, until he eventually left. We took a short night hike to blow off some needed energy without disturbing the other campers.
In the morning, we got up and had breakfast. While the other campers, broke down their tents to catch the early boat at 11AM. Our boat wasn’t coming until 4PM so we had a lazy morning reading and relaxing. Once some of the other campers left, we got visited by 2 adorable island foxes and took 1000 pictures. Around noon we packed up our gear and made the trek back to the dock. We had lunch while waiting for our boat to arrive and relaxed on the rocky beach. The boat ride back was much smoother and we met a pod of dolphins which we watched swim along with us from the front of the boat. It was amazing! Once back on the mainland, we stopped for a much-needed meal at Pizza Cookery and gorged ourselves on vegan garlic rolls and pizza.
This was by far one of my favorite trips we have done, if you live in Southern California you should absolutely do this! I’m anxious to explore some of the other islands and eventually want to camp at Santa Rosa island, which requires some intense hiking and a 2-3 night stay!
*As we arrived to the boat on Sunday morning we discovered that Scott’s camelback sprung a leak. We made several attempts to fix the leaks but eventually gave up and did our best to drink from his water first. This gave me tons of anxiety about running out of water during our hike to camp but it all worked out and we had enough.