Posted by: James Wapotich | January 25, 2019

Trail Quest: Ford Point, Santa Rosa Island

Ford Point San Augustin Canyon Backcountry beach camping hiking backpacking Santa Rosa Island Channel Islands National Park

Ford Point

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 third of three on Santa Rosa Island. As part of my four-day trip to the island, I backpacked to Cow Canyon on the first day. On the second day, I traversed the island from the north shore to the south shore via Black Mountain and Soledad Peak, camping near La Jolla Vieja Canyon the second night. On the third day, I day hiked from La Jolla Vieja to Johnson’s Lee and back, and then backpacked to Water Canyon Campground via Ford Point and San Augustin Canyon. The fourth day I visited the Torrey pines and backpacked to the landing pier via Cherry Canyon.

Article appears in section A of the January 21st, 2019 edition of Santa Barbara News-Press. The next article will cover the hike out to Point Bennett on San Miguel Island.

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.

Torrey pines grove hike Santa Rosa Island Channel Island National Park rarest pine relic plant

Torrey Pines

Bechers Bay Water Canyon Beach hike Santa Rosa Island Channel Islands National Park

The beach near the mouth of Water Canyon


  1. Hello, greetings, Do you have the first part of the three? Have a good day and thank you. Melinda

    • Hey Melinda, thanks for your question, I just added it today, enjoy.

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