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Once underway the channel crossing takes about one hour, longer if we encounter marine life along the way.
There are vault style restrooms, tree shaded picnic tables and potable drinking water available at Scorpion Anchorage.
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Scorpion Anchorage offers some of the most varied trails, from family hikes to strenuous trails for the avid hiker. A guided hike by a volunteer National Park naturalist is offered on most day trips. The guided hike is on the Cavern Point Trail at no charge.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic, guided hikes are not being offered at this time. They will resume when the state of California allows them again.
There is plenty to discover on a Scorpion Anchorage Day Trip, beginning with a visit to the island visitors center located at historic Scorpion Ranch. Panel displays, exhibits and a topographic relief map describe the vast bio-diversity and rich cultural history of Santa Cruz Island.
You can swim or snorkel through shoreline kelp forests or just relax on the cobblestone beach. Coastal kayaking along the cave pocketed volcanic cliffs is a popular exploration of kayaking enthusiasts.
You can pick up a trail map, print one below or download the new app (see top of page) and explore on you own along the island’s many trails. You can join one of the naturalist led hikes that are offered. You may encounter one of the island’s endemic creatures like the Santa Cruz Island Fox along the way.
Due to Covid 19 guided hike are not available at this time.
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