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SAN MIGUEL ISLAND, CA
part ofChannel Islands National Park, National Park Service
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015 Season Dates
OverviewSan Miguel Island has a wealth of natural and cultural treasures. Its ocean-sculpted landscape and more than 500 relatively undisturbed archeological sites, make it a valued part of the Channel Islands National Park and the National Register of Historic Places. Plus its picture-perfect hikes make it a pleasing destination for campers and day-trippers alike.
Remnants of early inhabitants date back thousands of years, and fossils of the Pygmy Mammoth have been discovered here. Hikers can take a 16-mile roundtrip hike to Point Bennett to overlook fantastic, undisturbed beaches where hundreds of seals and sea lions bask in the sun. The same rewarding hike cuts through some of the best caliche forests in the Channel Islands. The Caliche Forest is a sprawl of petrified tree roots created from deposits of calcium carbonate.
The 9,500-acre island is a plateau at 500 feet in elevation, with two 800-ft. rounded hills. As the westernmost of the Channel Islands, the island receives the brunt of the northwesterly winds, fog, and severe weather from the open Pacific Ocean. This extreme weather creates a harsh but profoundly beautiful windswept landscape.
The group of islands in Channel Islands National Park boasts 175 miles of pristine, undeveloped coastline.
Hiking and camping are the primary activities on the island, as the water is usually too cold and rough for the average visitor. Most beaches are closed to allow for pinniped (seals and sea lion) breeding. Traverse the trails through Caliche Forest, Point Bennet, Cardwell Point, Lester Point, and Harris Point.
A ranger or naturalist guide is required to escort all visitors to the island. Please set this up before visiting, and take advantage of their incredible knowledge during the trip.
Visit the Cabrillo Monument, commemorating Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who was the first European explorer to chart the Channel Islands and the California coast.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Island can be reached by boat from Ventura Harbor.
Mailing Address:SAN MIGUEL ISLAND
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura CA 93001
Phone Number:Information: (805)658-5730