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Channel Islands National Park: Santa Cruz Island

Ecological balance–and dozens of sweet places to hike, paddle, and camp–have been restored at California’s Channel Islands.

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In the June 2008 issue, Backpacker editor Shannon Davis explores the restored beaches, backcountry, and shorelines of Santa Cruz Island. Check out the details of his route here, and read more in our June 2008 issue.
Season: You’ll have Santa Cruz Island to yourself (and soak up the fairest weather) from October to April.
Outfitter: Aquasports leads guided paddling trips through the island’s hidden sea caves (
Camping: Campsites ($15/night) are open year-round on all five islands in Channel Islands National Park. Check availability at

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Island Packers ($60 roundtrip for campers, runs daily trips from Ventura to Santa Cruz Island.

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