The caliche forest is a geologic feature at Channel Islands National Park. Its stone formations have developed caliche sand castings of plant roots and trunks; park visitors often flock to the site. Ranger-led hikes through the forest can be arranged at park headquarters.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Caliche Forest

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
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  • A seven-mile round-trip hike from Cuyler Harbor on San Miguel Island will lead you to the Caliche Forest, where calcium-carbonate sand castings of dead plant roots and trunks stand like frozen statues. Some are as tall as five feet; others are only a few inches high. The island's strong northwesterly winds constantly reveal new sand castings while burying others.
  • Strong winds and fog are nearly constant on San Miguel Island, so you must plan accordingly for both hiking and camping.
  • The most noticeable wildlife on San Miguel Island are pinnipeds, or seals and sea lions. Up to five different species and more than 30,000 individuals have been counted on the island.

San Miguel Island
Channel Islands National Park

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