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Island in Channel Islands National Park

Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz, the Channel Islands' largest at 96 sq miles, claims two mountain ranges and the park's tallest peak, Mt Diablo (2450ft). The western three-quarters is mostly wilderness, managed by the Nature Conservancy…
National Park in Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park

The Channel Islands is an eight-island chain lying off the coast from Newport Beach to Santa Barbara. The four northern islands – San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Anacapa – along with tiny southern Santa Barba…
Island in Channel Islands National Park

Anacapa Island

Actually three separate islets totaling just over 1 sq mile, Anacapa gives a memorable introduction to the Channel Islands’ ecology. It's also the best option if you're short on time. Boats dock year-round on the Ea…
Island in Channel Islands National Park

Santa Rosa

The indigenous Chumash people called Santa Rosa ‘Wima’ (driftwood) because of the redwood logs that often came ashore here, with which they built plank canoes called tomols. This 84-sq-mile island has rare Torrey pi…
Island in Channel Islands National Park

San Miguel

While 14-sq-mile San Miguel can guarantee solitude and a remote wilderness experience, its westernmost location in the Channel Islands chain means it's often windy and shrouded in fog. Some sections are off-limits t…
Island in Channel Islands National Park

Santa Barbara

Currently closed because of storm damage to its landing pier, Santa Barbara, only 1 sq mile in size and the smallest of the islands, is normally a jewel-box for nature lovers. Big, blooming coreopsis, cream cups and…