San Miguel Island
10 mi 17 km of trail — 0 Featured Hikes
Visitors to San Miguel Island will be amazed by the varied landscape and unique flora and fauna that call this island home. Four species of seals and sea lions come to the island to breed and give birth, and the landscape is highlighted by pristine tidepools, rare plants, and the strange caliche forest. The island also has a rich history as it was once the home to the seagoing Chumash people before it was discovered by the European explorer Juan Rodrigeuz Cabrillo. For a time, the island was used as a sheep ranch, and today the island is owned by the Navy, but managed under an agreement with the National Park Service to protect and preserve this beautiful island habitat.
For more information on visiting San Miguel Island, visit the park's website.
The trail system at San Miguel incorporates several miles of trails. Hikers must stay on designated trails, and no off-trail travel is permitted. The island was a former bombing range and there are possible unexploded ordnance. Visitors must be accompanied by a ranger beyond the ranger station. When not accompanied by a ranger, visitors may explore Cuyler Harbor Beach, Nidever Canyon, the Cabrillo Monument, and the Lester Ranch site. To contact a ranger to arrange a hike past the ranger station, call the park headquarters at (805) 658-5730.
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