134 – After the Island Packers boat drops you off at the Landing Cove, hike up the steps/trail to the top of the marine terrace where the ranger’s quarters are and interpretive signs and maps detail the hike.
135 – Head west past the ranger’s quarters with the campground on your left.
136 – At the T-junction head south and to the left to another marine terrace. Listen for thousands of California sea lions bellowing below and to your left.
137 – At the Y-junction bear left and to the south. You’ll come to a series of stakes marking the trail. Easy to follow as there are no trees or bushes on this island.
138 – There’s a bench here to sit on with fantastic overlook of the Pacific Ocean. You can view the sea lion rookery from here and see Catalina Island to the south.
139 – Head south to Sutil Rock, about an eighth of a mile offshore. Watch swell and currents from the west and south slam this broad rock outcropping, a favorite of roosting seabirds like western gulls and pigeon guillemots.
140 – After a short but steep ascent west, the track levels out and heads east to more stunning, rugged scenery.
141 – Hike along the apex of the island still bearing east. This vantage point offers an entire view of the island.
142 – Head west and to the left toward a lower marine terrace, following the easy switchbacks to a bluff. Carefully skirt the edge of the bluff to see more sea lions and beautiful secnery of offshore reefs, waves and rocky pinnacles.
143 – At the T-junction bear left ascending back up a steep ridge across several long switchbacks to the apex of the island.
144 – At the Y-junction bear right past a stalks of coreopsis, a California native flower down to Arch Point.
145 – At Arch Point you’ll see to the south the Landing Cove where kayakers and sea lions play in the protected natural harbor.
146 – At the Y-junction bear left past the ranger’s quarters back down to the Landing Cove.
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Hiking up from Landing Cove on the south side of SB Island, the only place to access the island from the Island Packers boat.
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Great vantage point of Sutil Rock. On a clear day you can see Catalina, San Clemente and San Nicholas Islands further south.
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Overlook at Elephant Seal Cove, a popular haul out for migrating northern elephant seals.
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Another fantastic overlook, this one watches over thousands of California sea lions
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This shot is below Signal Peak, the highest point on the island at 634 feet.