Channel Island National Park Trip Report
Devil's Peak on Nature Conservancy land - the Island HP (2,450+ ft)
Date: July 5, 2004
El Montañon - the National Park HP (ca 1,812 ft)
Author: John Mitchler
Don Holmes, Gary Suttle, Kathy Dalsaso, and John Mitchler hiked the
highpoint of Channel Island National Park on July 5, 2004. We ascended
El Montañon via the Smugglers-Scorpion Road and descended via the trail
leading north from the "historic oil well."
The crux of the expedition was the nocturnal invasion by waves of feral pigs through the campground.
[Webmaster's note: As of 2011 (my visit) this issue has long since been eliminated.]
We managed to switch our ferry reservations while on the
island and leave earlier which allowed us to meet with park personnel at
the visitor center, near the ferry dock, in Ventura.
Channel Islands information page
topo chart of El Montañon