Santa Rosa Island

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Ventura Harbor

1583 Spinnaker Dr · San Buenaventura (Ventura), CA

How to find us

Island Packers office in Ventura Harbor

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Part of the Channel Islands National Park, Santa Rosa Island ( is a little known treasure off the California coast. As the second largest island in Channel Islands National Park, Santa Rosa offers spectacular hiking opportunities. The hike to Water Canyon campground is only about 1.5 miles from the landing. We will base camp there for two nights and venture out on day hikes from camp. This is not a trip for beginners due to the remote location and unpredictable weather conditions.

Check out the Hiking guide here:

The details...

This is a National Park... Leave No Trace principles required.
All supplies and trash must be packed in AND out.
Water and pit toilets are available at the campground
Camp can be very windy - there are wind shelters provided at each camp site
Fox country... fox boxes provided at each site
No campfires (camp stoves OK with CA fire permit (
NO services on the island.
More details to come...

Day 1 -Saturday, 3/30: 8am departure from Ventura Harbor to Santa Rosa. Hike 1.5 miles to camp, set up, explore.
Day 2 : Sunday, 3/31: various day hike options like Lobo Canyon
Day 3 - Monday, 4/1: Optional day hikes with a 3pm boat return

Trip Fees: $15 per person - must be paid in advance via paypal (more info will be provided to attendees). No refund once you have RSVPed. Do not book your boat until you have paid your trip fee and are confirmed on the trip. (We reserve the right to deny or remove any members if they are deemed inappropriate for this trip.)

Boat Fee: $114 via Island Packers - each attendee must book their own boat ticket (more info will be provided to attendees).

Carpools: we can work out later as it gets closer. I am located in Oxnard. All those interested in this trip will have to coordinate your own carpools from San Diego.

TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT: Once you are confirmed on the Attendee list, I will send you instructions via the Meetup messages on how to pay your trip fees and book your boat ticket. Your trip fees must be paid within 3 days or you may lose your spot.


What should you bring?
Gear and Equipment: Please be sure you are properly prepared for this trip including all necessary and properly working gear, good quality and broken in hiking shoes, backpack with proper support, tent, sleeping bag and pad, food, water, filtration, and all other necessary items for a weekend backpacking trip. There are no stores on the island so you must bring everything you need. Here is a general list of items needed: And the Ten Essentials:

Food: Lunch and dinner for Saturday; all food for Sunday; breakfast and lunch for Monday

DISCLAIMER: Hike at your own risk. Be responsible for yourself and your safety. Make good decisions. With any trip, things can change, reservations can get lost, the unexpected can happen. A go-with-the-flow attitude is always a good thing, and most importantly, let's all have fun! This is an intermediate trip. Make sure you are in good enough physical shape for the distance, elevation changes, and terrain. The hike leaders in this group aren't professional hike leaders. By signing up for these events, you agree not to hold the Meetup organizers responsible for whatever happens to you on these events. The hiking group does not certify the expertise of the organizers, the event or assistant organizers (hike leaders) and...We are NOT responsible for any possible losses or injuries.