Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park: Lobo Canyon Trail

Discover ancient archaeology and island isolation (playful sea lions excepted) on this 5.2-mile loop through Santa Rosa's steep canyons and sandy beaches.

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth fitness, nutrition, and adventure courses and more than 2,000 instructional videos when you sign up for Outside+ Sign up for Outside+ today.

None
None
None
None
None

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.9

Waypoints

LCT010

Location: 34.0204391479492, -120.105400085449

Turn R; climb to continue loop

LCT011

Location: 34.017448425293, -120.105201721191

Head S up natural rock stairway; look back at ocean from up high

LCT012

Location: 34.0165100097656, -120.100997924805

Trail intersects with 2-track road. Veer S, keeping
Lobo Canyon slightly L. Continue to WPT 3; return to trailhead

LCT001

Location: 34.0042381286621, -120.089698791504

Head WSW along Smiths Hwy.; descend into gorge, junction with Lobo Canyon Trail

LCT002

Location: 34.0027198791504, -120.089202880859

R @ ridgeline; head to Lobo Canyon Trail from road. See volcanic rock formations and windswept gorge

LCT003

Location: 34.0031318664551, -120.091102600098

Start of Lobo Canyon Trail. Picnic area dominated by poisonous datura plants, sacred to Chumash Indians. Oaks line S view of descent into canyon

LCT004

Location: 34.0062294006348, -120.091499328613

Cross small bridge; watch for endemic island fox foraging for food

LCT005

Location: 34.0081596374512, -120.092399597168

Wavelike, wind-sculpted rock formations frame views of path ahead

LCT007

Location: 34.0146598815918, -120.094688415527

Dead-end in cave with sky ceilings surrounded by huge volcanic boulders sprouting plants; return to WPT 6

LCT008

Location: 34.0198516845703, -120.098999023438

Shoreline. Lunch spot with sweeping views; turn L toward Cow Canyon

LCT009

Location: 34.0196914672852, -120.106300354004

Mouth of Cow Canyon. Mist from waterfall spills into rocky intertidal pools and ocean beyond; backtrack .1 mi.

LCT006

Location: 34.0138130187988, -120.096885681152

Trail intersects with tributary canyon; veer R in canyon

Cove

Location: 33.9589042663574, -119.775985717773

Misty, secluded cove on Santa Cruz Island ©Gail and Harry Steele-Moyer

View of Santa Cruz en route to Santa Rosa

Location: 33.9838714599609, -119.906379699707

Heading out past Sant Cruz Island, fins of rock extend from the water. ©Gail and Harry Steele-Moyer

Watefall

Location: 34.0196800231934, -120.107513427734

Waterfall at edge of ocean. ©Gail and Harry Steele-Moyer

Shoreline

Location: 34.0204582214356, -120.09814453125

The end of line. Sheer cliffs drop into the surf. ©Gail and Harry Steele-Moyer

The walls of a tributary of Lobo Canyon

Location: 34.0147819519043, -120.094268798828

Within Lobo Canyon are a few small side canyon, this one deadends at a terraced overhanging wall. ©Gail and Harry Steele-Moyer