Posted by: James Wapotich | January 25, 2019

Trail Quest: Black Mountain, Santa Rosa Island

Off-trail route between Lobo and Cow Canyons Black Mountain hiking backpacking Santa Rosa Island Channel Islands National Park

Black Mountain is seen from the off-trail route between Lobo and Cow Canyons

Currently working on a series of articles about the four islands off our coast. During the last ice age these four islands, Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel, were all part of a larger, single island called Santarosae. The series highlights the hiking and backpacking opportunities on each of the islands, as well as how the islands have changed since the last glacial maximum 20,000 years ago.

This week’s article is the second of three on Santa Rosa Island, and covers the hike from Cow Canyon over to La Jolla Viejo Canyon via Black Mountain and Soledad Peak. The next article will cover the south shore from Johnson’s Lee to San Augustin Canyon.

Article appears in section A of the January 7th, 2019 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.


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