100 Classic Hikes in Southern California
by Allen Riedel (The Mountaineers Books)
© Allen Riedel/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Steep climb on maintained dirt road, although there are a couple of shortcuts. Hot and humid this time of year and little shade. Be prepared with all the water you can carry and plenty of food. Interesting to be hiking on an island and see evidence of decades of ranching. Great views of the island canyons and terraces, Anacapa Island, and the ocean, but trail itself is not picturesque. You need to be familiar with and enamored with southern California coastal hiking. Bring suit to cool off in Smuggler's Cove, where you will find fun snorkling and small waves. Beach is rocky at high tide but sandy at low tide. Appears to be several off-shoot non-listed trails for the more adventurous. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours each way, depending on your skill. Don't let my less-than-sparkling comments keep you from coming here--the entire experience, from the ferry ride in, to the great visitor's center, to the hike and snorkling, was WELL worth the trip.
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