Potato Harbor Road

Channel Islands National Park, California

Elevation Gain536ft
Trailhead Elevation351ft
Elevation Min/Max42/356ft
Elevation Start/End351/351ft

Potato Harbor Road

Potato Harbor Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Santa Cruz Island, California. It is within Channel Islands National Park. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 351 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 536 feet. The Upper Scorpion Campground camp site can be seen along the trail. There is also drinking water along the trail. Near the end of the trail is a coastline. This trail connects with the following: North Bluff Trail.

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"Hike along an old ranch road to the top of Santa Cruz Island and take in wondrous views of the island, its mountains, a potato-shaped harbor, and the Southern California coastline. Some antique ranching equipment lines the way along with several outbuildings still enduring from the days of yore. These are worthwhile diversions in their own right, complete with plaques and a brochure describing how they were used in addition to some tidbits about the modern history of the island." Read more
100 Classic Hikes in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books)
Allen Riedel
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"The trip to Potato Harbor is perhaps the easiest and best-suited outing for those on half-day excursions to Santa Cruz Island. The way is easily marked, the elevation gain is rather minimal, and the best the island has to offer is highlighted along the trail. From Scorpion Anchorage, follow the main road past the old farmhouses and equipment beyond the first campground to Upper Scorpion Camp. The trail branches to the right and continues along an old road that climbs to a plateau 350 feet above the ocean. The road/trail continues on to Potato Harbor, which is rather obviously named for its shape. The views here of the Central Coast are staggering. The flora is abundant and verdant; even in summer the island gets a constant barrage of coastal moisture and fog, making it a wonderland for growth. California poppies, wallflowers, and a mix of low-lying coastal flowers make for an interesting display" Read more

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Channel Islands National Park
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Dec 2018