I visited the Santa Rosa Island (SRI) earlier this semester with my Environmental Communication class. This would be my final trip to the Island through the CI, and I’ve been twice before so I was intending to make the most of it. My previous trips have included visits to the Torrey Pines, Cloud Forest, Johnsons Lee (near west point of island), & Carrington point. The only destination evading my fulfillment the SRI experience was Lobo Canyon.
The lense that i want to apply towards my adventure to lobo canyon would be and ecological lens. I want to apply this lens because I felt I was in a unique area for ecology.
My trip began from the SRI research station, It would take me about 5 hours round trip and 12 miles. I began the hike by making a mistake by heading to Carrington Point which cost me about 30 mins and about 1 mile out of the way. The initial part of the hike guides you along the bluff of the south side of the island, which is mostly flat grasslands. Most of the hike becomes flat once you pass Carrington and you have a great view of the mountains on the Island and once I became closer to Lobo Canyon I was able to see San Miguel Island.
I reached the canyon under 2 hours. The canyon is beautiful its lush with California Islands Oak. The seems to be a solid watershed because there was plenty of water that led to the beach. The presence of fresh water served to increase the density of biodiversity. There was a clear amount of shrubs, trees, and grasses. I’m not great at identifying plants but I noticed a clear change in the ecology in contrary to the previous section of the hike.
The Canyon was a real treat, it was filled with beautifully eroded sandstone and lush vegetation, but the real treat the beach and the view of the east side bluff. To experience contrast in island ecology the hike to Lobo Canyon is a great hike to add to your bucket next time you visit SRI.