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Smugglers Road

Intermediate

Trail

3.9 mile 6.3 kilometer point to point
87% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 663' 202 m
Descent: -658' -200 m
High: 674' 205 m
Low: 16' 5 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by Phil DiGirolamo

The fastest way to work your way out to the west side of Santa Cruz Island.

Phil DiGirolamo

Features Birding · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Can't find fault with this trail. Plan on an out-and-back or connect with the Oil Well Trail over to Scorpion Valley Road for a longer loop.

Description

The initial part of this trail is steep as it departs the main Scorpion Ranch area, and the trail maintains this incline until the first big turn. Thereafter, the trail leading up to the peak is more moderate, with a gradual trip leading back down to sea level. This trail affords beautiful views of the sea caves just past the first turn. You'll also see Little Scorpion Anchorage just before you start your climb northwest to the peak. Be sure to go see the scenic cove here. Once you climb to the top, you'll have an incredible view out to the west and into the valleys below. Plan on stopping to snack or eat when you arrive at Smugglers Cove.

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Aug 18, 2018
Christopher Punzalan
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  4.4 from 5 votes

#5832

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Photos

Another view of Scorpion Anchorage.
Mar 16, 2018 near Anacapa…, CA
Historic Scorpion Ranch windmill.
Mar 16, 2018 near Anacapa…, CA
In front of the shoreline cliff.
Mar 16, 2018 near Anacapa…, CA
Visitors departing from Channel Island.
Mar 16, 2018 near Anacapa…, CA

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