Oceanside CA— MiraCosta College’s Community Education Program has scheduled an excursion to East Anacapa Island on Saturday, March 4.
Situated only twelve miles from the mainland, Anacapa is one of the five islands in the Channel Islands National Park and is home to 265 species of plants and a multitude of seabirds.
From February through April, Anacapa is a rainbow of color created by the bloom of native wildflowers. Intensity and duration of the bloom differs a bit each year due to varied rainfall and temperature. Travel time by boat is approximately one hour, a little longer if we come across interesting wildlife in the channel.
Visitors depart the boat by stepping onto a ladder at the Landing Cove where you climb several rungs to a wooden dock. From the dock, there is a winding set of over 157 steps that take you to the island plateau about 200 feet above sea level for stunning coastal views. Once you have climbed to the plateau, you will find a figure-eight-shaped trail system that meanders over gentle slopes to dramatic overlooks, magnificent coastal views, and the last permanent lighthouse built on the west coast.
An interpretive trail guide is available to help you navigate your way around. This trip is perfect for those who love nature and enjoy learning about California’s native wildlife and ocean. Participants should be in good physical condition.
Fee: Book by 2/2: $115. After: $125. Bus will depart at 5 a.m. from MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside (Parking Lot 1A), and return approximately 8 p.m.