Explore Santa Cruz Island--Channel Islands National Park

WE ARE BOOKED FOR THE TRIP TO SCORPION ANCHORAGE AT 9:00AM--RETURN FROM SCORPION AT 5:00PM. THERE IS MORE THAN ONE TRIP DEPARTING SAT. MAY 10TH. BE SURE TO RESERVE THE CORRECT ONE. This trip will include a carpool to Ventura, boat travel to Scorpion Harbor, a hike to the cliffs high above Potato Harbor and a chance to comb the beach. You must purchase a ticket from Island Packers ($59). Note there are two destinations on Santa Cruz--ours will be Scorpion. I expect the carpool to leave from Mission Bay around 5:00am--boat travel--9:00am to 10:30am--island time to 4:30pm and return to Ventura around 6:00pm.

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  • Liwen

    What happen to everyone else??

    May 10

    • John Caffrey

      Waited at the Island Packers office. JIm+1 decided to head for Catalina. Barb and I and Adele and Amy decided to take a hike.

      May 11

    • Joanna Perez

      We went to Nojoqui Falls & Knapp's Castle.

      May 13

  • John Caffrey

    Sorry the trip was canceled. I talked with one of the crew. They did take the campers out, but only because they were going one way and the boat was returning that morning. He said it might take two or more hours going out and if you got seasick, you might be blue for a day or more. Barb, Amy and I were so busy trying to get info and connect with those who got to the harbor that I forgot my phone in the car and Liwen couldn't get ahold of me. Anyway, I think some of us had a good time and remember, a bad day on the trail is better than a good day in the office.

    1 · May 11

    • Kim

      Thanks for your efforts. We had a good day out in any case.

      1 · May 11

  • John Caffrey

    Mother Nature didn't want to be fooled with. Adele and Amy hiked a beach trail. Barb and I were looking for something more challenging and we got it hiking Nordhoff Peak above Ojai. 12.5 round trip, 1300' gain, just had enuff H2O. Views from the top are excellent and the wild flower display was very good. However, I would rate this hike strenuous.

    1 · May 11

    • John Caffrey

      Make that 3000' gain and 3000' loss.

      May 11

    • Adele Richert

      We found our trail was more of a bike path (paved) and went to Ojai, not along the coast. We did 8 miles round trip.

      May 11

  • Liwen

    John, tried to call you twice but no answer.

    May 10

    • John Caffrey

      Liwen, I had my phone on in the car. Sorry you couldn't reach me. We arrived early to find the trip canceled.

      May 11

  • Joanna Perez

    Unfortunately I wasn't able to upload

    May 10

  • Joanna Perez

    Hi guys. ..Unfortunately. .. We drove to Ventura & was notified that the trip was canceled. We made lemonade out of the lemons & hiked 2 Santa Barbara location's. Check out the pictures.

    May 10

  • Adele Richert

    Bummer cancelled again

    May 10

  • Amy

    Thanks again for trying to put this together John!

    1 · May 10

  • Liwen

    Michael and I are turning around due to Island Packers cancellation. Double checked info called the Island Packers and check the marine weather http://forecast.weather.gov/wwa...­.

    May 10

  • Kim

    Turning around. Trips cancelled per Island Packers. Gale force warnings in effect.

    May 10

    • Kim

      Phoned the office - hit 4 to get status. Check marine weather forecasts.

      1 · May 10

    • Liwen

      Kim, thanks!!

      1 · May 10

  • Adele Richert

    Finally arrived in Ventura-took 5 hrs to get here. Hope you have better luck tomorrow. I got stuck in wknd/rush hour traffic.

    1 · May 9

  • Adele Richert

    I can drive if there are more people than fit in John's vehicle. I can fit 3 passengers in my Escape

    May 6

    • Adele Richert

      Jim wants to carpool. Is there room for him?

      May 6

    • Jim

      Hi Adele I no longer need a carpool. Thank you though. See you at Ventura tomorrow.

      May 9

  • Jim

    Just bought my ferry ride. Would perefer to carpool and help with gas cost. Please post here or text me if you have any room in your car. [masked]. Looking forward to meeting you all.

    May 6

    • Jim

      John thanks for offering. I recruited a friend to join us tomorrow if that is okay. We will instead travel to Ventura Friday night and meet the group tomorrow am at Ventura harbor.

      1 · May 9

    • John Caffrey

      No problem, Jim

      1 · May 9

  • Amy

    I would still like to be in John's car pool I thought he said it will be okay

    May 6

    • Barb

      If we end up with a total of 5 people in John's car, I need to let you know that due to back problems, I probably can't sit in the middle of the back seat. Hope that's not a problem!

      May 7

    • John Caffrey

      Only Amy and you, so far. No problem.

      May 7

  • Adele Richert

    I'm going to drive my car and either go up Friday or follow John Saturday.

    May 7

  • John Caffrey

    Correction: I have Amy, Adele and Barb with me in my carpool. I can take one more but it would be tight in the back.

    May 7

  • John Caffrey

    Oops, the Deck got three bad reviews on Yelp. Slow service, ordinary good and not much of it. So, think about Souplantation or Rubio's, unless someone has another suggestions. I'm OK with whatever the group wants.

    May 5

  • John Caffrey

    I have changed the above map to show our car pool meet up. Note this is just south of the Mission Bay Info Center. You can't park overnight at the Info Center, so we park next to the runner's bathroom. It is just two driveways south of the Info Center. Turn left before the entrance to the Info Center onto Mission Bay Drive and then take the second right into the parking area. Please be on time 4:45am, as we will leave promptly at 5:00am. My cell is [masked]. We will stop for a bio break and once more for a quick breakfast. Probably at Mickey D's.

    May 5

  • Seiko

    If still a room to join car-pooling, where is the meeting place, I love to know both John's & Michael's.
    thanx.
    Lee

    May 5

    • John Caffrey

      I will post the map shortly. We're meeting just south of Mission Bay Info Center.

      May 5

  • Amy

    Hey John I'd like to be in your carpool again if I can please thanks!

    1 · May 4

    • John Caffrey

      It will be crowded a little in the back, but we can change postions along the way. Hope everyone is OK with this.

      1 · May 5

    • Liwen

      John, I will carpool with Michael instead as our meeting spot would be closer to me than Mission Bay, so this works out perfect. We will see you at Island Packers (don't forget to hold up the SD Hikers sign) on Saturday morning. Thanks!!

      1 · May 5

  • John Caffrey

    If you're not sure about doing the hike to Potato Harbor, or the additional hike to Coche Pt., or the return route around Cavern, you could do any part(s) of the route and return at your leisure to enjoy Scorpion beach. This is a do you own thing contest!

    1 · April 30

    • Joanna Perez

      We're going all the way with you. ... you just lead the way.

      1 · April 30

  • John Caffrey

    Tides for May 10th -- high 7:45am and low 1:33pm--beach combing should be good in the afternoon.

    4 · April 30

  • Michael

    I've also booked.

    1 · April 28

  • Adele Richert

    John, change in plans. If you have room, I'd like to be in your carpool on the 10th

    April 28

  • John Caffrey

    Note on the hike: it's about five miles round trip to the Potato Harbor overlook. Optionally, some of us will continue to see if we can reach the overlook at Coche Point. This adds another 2.5 round trip. This may entail off trail hiking, but nothing extreme. Those who don't want this option can return at their own pace. We will return by a different route that is shown on my map below. We will also stop by the original Scorpion Ranch on the way out to see how the settlers lived. Bring your lunch and snacks as there is no concession on the island. Also, at least two quarts of H2O, sunscreen, broad brim hat, camera. I have binoculars, gps, maps, first aid. We will need to return prior to our departure time to allow for boarding the boat. Bring non skid shoes as you will be climbing/descending a ladder to/from pier.

    2 · April 27

  • John Caffrey

    Map of route and optional additional hike is at http://caltopo.com/map?id=1R14­

    1 · April 26

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