El Montanon Trail

Ventura, California

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El Montanon is the highest mountain on Santa Cruz Island that is open to the public. Mount Diablo, 12 miles to the west, is 650 feet higher, but is situated solely on Nature Conservancy property and off-limits to hiking for the foreseeable future. No matter; the views from El Montanon are striking, spectacular, and arguably some of the most inspiring in all of Southern California.

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"El Montanon is the highest mountain on Santa Cruz Island that is open to the public. Mount Diablo, 12 miles to the west, is 650 feet higher, but is situated solely on Nature Conservancy property and off-limits to hiking for the foreseeable future. No matter; the views from El Montanon are striking, spectacular, and arguably some of the most inspiring in all of Southern California."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ventura
Distance: 8.5
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 10 feet
Top Elevation: 1,808 feet
Local Contacts: Channel Islands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Santa Cruz Island D

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