Santa Rosa Island

Santa Rosa Island

Backpacking on Santa Rosa Island off the coast of southern California was an amazing time.  But in order to make sure you have a great time there are some things you need to be aware of.  You can get a boat ride from Island Packers.  There is only one camp ground on Santa Rosa island making it very desolate.  There of coarse are no stores or khaki, boat rentals on this island unlike other local islands like Santa Cruze, or Catalina.  So it is very important to be prepared as you normally would for a backpacking trip.  This chain of islands off the coast of California are something special and need to be witnessed.

 

This is the only camp ground on Santa Rosa Island.

This is the only camp ground on Santa Rosa Island.

 

The camp ground has built in back stops for wind protection.  We are enjoying a few games of what we call chawski but is also known as latter golf.  The camp ground is about 1 mile on the fire road from the dock.  The camp site also has running water and very nice built in bathrooms.  The bathrooms were a great suprise.

 

Wide open sand out there on skunk point.

Wide open sand out there on skunk point.

 

Skunk Point is a very exposed sandy point with 270 degree of pacific ocean surrounding it.  The point is super eye catching when pulling up to the island.  The point also has a rock slab reef off the tip.

 

 

Fire road for park rangers.

Fire road for park rangers.

The fire roads are nice to take while backpacking around on the island.  You can also see Santa Cruze island in the background.  You continue down this road to reach sand hill beach.

 

 

Santa Rosa Island coast line

Santa Rosa Island coast line.

Great water visibility out there of Santa Rosa Island.  Water visibility can very all over California coast line, but you can count on these islands too offer great visibility.

 

Sand hill beach down from the camp site.

Sand hill beach down from the camp site.

These awesome sand hills were great for laying down and staring at the stars.  We did this every night while we were backpacking out on Santa Rosa Island off the coast of California.  You can also find more information at the National Park Service website.

 

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