Posted by: James Wapotich | December 13, 2018

Trail Quest: Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island

Pelican Bay Trail Western Santa Cruz Island hiking Nature Conservancy

Scenery along the trail to Pelican Bay

Currently working on a series of articles on the Channel Islands. During the last ice age, roughly 20,000 years ago, the sea level was 300-400 feet lower, and the four islands off our coast – Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel – were part of one larger, single island called Santarosae. During the last glacial maximum Southern California was wetter and cooler, more akin to Northern California today. The islands were more forested and featured a diverse understory. As the climate became warmer, oaks and chaparral became more dominant, however relict plants from those cooler and wetter times can still be found on the islands, including along the hike to Pelican Bay.

This week’s article is the third of three covering Santa Cruz Island. The next article in the series will cover the hike out to Lobo and Cow Canyons on Santa Rosa Island.

Article appears in section A of the December 10th, 2018 edition of Santa Barbara News-Press

Older articles can be seen by scrolling down or using the search feature in the upper right corner. Articles from the News-Press appear here a couple months after they appear in the paper.

Tinker's Cove Pelican Bay hike trail western Santa Cruz Island Nature Conservancy

Tinker’s Cove

Island scrub jay Santa Cruz island

Island scrub jay

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