Prisoner’s Harbor Hiking at Channel Islands National Park

Part 1: Channel Islands Painted Cave Tour

Part 2: After the Painted Cave tour was complete, the Island Packers Cruise took us to Prisoner’s Island for us to disembark the boat and to hike around the island for around 3 hours.

Prisoner's Island Channel Islands | Gathered In The Kitchen

After exiting the dock, off in the distance are two brick buildings and a trailhead for hiking.

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Prisoner's Island Channel Islands | Gathered In The Kitchen
Prisoner's Island Channel Islands | Gathered In The Kitchen

Pelican Bay Trail

The Pelican Bay trail is a 4.3 mile out and back that is considered moderately challenging. The trail consists mostly of up and down portions on a dirt trail with beautiful views of the channel.

Prisoner's Island Channel Islands Pelican Bay Hike | Gathered In The Kitchen

At first, we were hiking with everyone who was apart of the Painted Cave tour, until things started to thin out. Clayton and I left the pack and spent the day hiking on our own, which was obviously, much more enjoyable than hiking in a line 🙂

Prisoner's Island Channel Islands | Gathered In The Kitchen
Prisoner's Island Channel Islands | Gathered In The Kitchen

Note: we visited Channel Islands National Park again in March 2023, after California received unprecedented amounts of rain, I would highly recommend checking out our Channel Islands post so you can see the stark difference a lot of rain has on the island’s appearance.

Prisoner's Island Channel Islands | Gathered In The Kitchen

The views from up on the top of the mountains were beautiful. Seeing the ocean below was stunning.

Prisoner's Island Channel Islands | Gathered In The Kitchen
Prisoner's Island Channel Islands | Gathered In The Kitchen
Prisoner's Island Channel Islands | Gathered In The Kitchen

At the completion of the hike, we spent some time down on the rocky beach. I had fun finding several large seashells while my hubby skipped rocks!

Prisoner's Island Channel Islands | Gathered In The Kitchen
Prisoner's Island Channel Islands | Gathered In The Kitchen

Then we loaded up and headed back on the cruise.

Prisoner's Island Channel Islands | Gathered In The Kitchen

On the cruise ride back to the mainland, we had the most gorgeous sunset and show put on by a pod of entertaining dolphins!

Prisoner's Island Channel Islands | Gathered In The Kitchen
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Back at the mainland in Ventura, California. It was a FULL, fun-filled day of adventure!

Prisoner's Island Channel Islands | Gathered In The Kitchen

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