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Potato Harbor Road

Intermediate
 4.8 (5)

Climb up and out of Scorpion Valley to the cliffs edge.


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Map Key

1.5

Miles

2.5

KM

91%

Runnable

371' 113 m

High

49' 15 m

Low

336' 102 m

Up

16' 5 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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Features Birding · Cave · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

If you like hills and can carry your own water one can get anywhere from 2 to 20 miles in on these trails before the ferry returns to the mainland.

Description

From the Scorpion Valley Road, you'll encounter a doubletrack road that will take you up and away from the campground. Along the way stop and take in the vista below and across the valley. Looking west you'll see the highest peak of this part of Santa Cruz Island. You'll also be able to see to the end of the Scorpion Valley below. The trail has a number of ruts but they are easy to negotiate.

Once you reach the top of the trail, the plateau continues straight ahead and you'll be rewarded with wonderful vistas of the northern part of the island. Head to the end of the trail and you'll have an outstanding view of Potato Harbor. Be sure to look out to the Santa Barbara Channel. On a clear day the view all the way across to the mainland is immaculate.

Flora & Fauna

The island fox, though low to the ground, can be seen along the bluffs and in the camp and picnic areas.

Contacts

Shared By:

Phil DiGirolamo

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  4.8 from 5 votes

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Looking back towards Scorpion Valley
Dec 11, 2016 near Anacapa…, CA
Experience exceptional views of Potato Harbor and the west end of Santa Cruz Island, 16 miles in the distance, from the end of Potato Harbor Road.
Apr 1, 2017 near Anacapa…, CA
Potato Harbor looks calm and beautiful from the end of the trail.
Apr 1, 2017 near Anacapa…, CA
Potato Harbor Bay with the northmost view of Santa Cruz Island in the background.
Dec 11, 2016 near Anacapa…, CA
Facing the eastern part of the bay, down into the sea cave.
Dec 11, 2016 near Anacapa…, CA
Approaching the Potato Harbor overlook.
Mar 16, 2018 near Anacapa…, CA

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