September 10-13, 2020
Santa Rosa Island is one of five islands off the California coast which constitutes Channel Island
National Park. It is the second largest of the islands, approximately 15 miles long and 10 miles wide.
The landscape includes rolling hills, deep canyons, a coastal lagoon and several beautiful beaches. It is
home to a large variety of plant and animal species along with fish, birds, and even the rare island fox.
We access Santa Rosa Island by ferry boat operated by Island Packers. The boat trip lasts
approximately 2 ½ hours each way where we see dolphins, sea lions and other marine life on our route.
Upon arrival we have a short 1 ½ mile backpack to our campsite where we’ll be staying for the next 2
nights. Our trip will consist of several day hikes which enable participants to visit different parts of this
unique island. We will offer trips of different levels of difficulty so participants can choose a hike that
fits their level of fitness and ability. Some participants can choose to swim or snorkel, but the literature
says that the varying currents are not suitable for beginners.
There are no concessions on the island so participants must bring all their own food that they plan
to eat during their stay. There is water available at the campsites so participants don’t need to bring
extra. We usually have a potluck happy hour the first night, so consider that in your planning.
The plan is to leave San Diego by chartered bus around 6pm on Thursday, Sept 10, 2020, and
arrive at a motel in Ventura where we will spend the night. We will need to be at the marina by 7am to
load our gear on to the ferry for an 8am departure. We will be returning at approximately 6pm where
we will meet our bus for the return trip to San Diego.
This trip is for adults only who are in good health and are physically fit. Participants must provide their own meals and camping equipment. Upon registration, you will receive an email confirmation and information about an optional pre-trip meeting to meet your leaders and ask questions (highly recommended for first-timers). A handout will also be available with suggestions about what to pack, weather, safety tips, etc. We look forward to having you join us!
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Space: Limited to 45 participants (including leaders and assistants)
Registration Opens: Friday, July 31, 2020 at 6 am