Black Rock 2-Day Backpacking
Prisoner's Harbor to Scorpion Ranch over Montanon Ridge on East Santa Cruz Island
Cross the Most Marine Diverse Body of Water in the World!
The Santa Barbara Channel is the perfect place to view whales and dolphins, and during the journey across we often encounter some sort of wildlife. This ferry trip takes you to the isthmus of the island at Prisoner's Harbor where you will begin your backpacking journey to Scorpion Ranch.
Vistas on the Way to Camp:
With your backpack fully loaded your guide leads you out of the valley and up to the back-country campsite known as Del Norte. The trail gently climbs along several hillsides with vistas galore. Only 3 or 4 hours ago you were driving on the freeway and now you're on an island lost in the past.
Your Choice from the pantry:
This adventure is fully outfitted. CIO provides backpacks, poles, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, stoves, water, & hydration packs. All meals are included and consist of a mixture of local fruits/nuts and dehydrated backpacking meals. We supply the fuel and stove, so all you need to bring is your own toothbrush, underwear, and wool cap (full packing list provided at sign-up).
Journey to Scorpion Ranch:
The sunset and sunrise from Del Norte is incredible. After a healthy breakfast and some french-press coffee the hike to Scorpion Ranch begins. This hike is bound to blow-your-mind! The only way to the East end of the island is over the volcanic ridge, only passable by foot. Once you arrive at Scorpion Ranch you will have time to enjoy the peace and quiet of island life before your ferry picks you up to bring you back to Ventura by 6pm.
- Everyone over 16 yrs and older is welcome.
- Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten free menus are available.
- All Backpacking gear is included.
- This is a package price, includes ferry and campsites.