Hiking on Catalina Island
Hiking Catalina Island offers something for everything. Whether you’re looking for a quick jaunt from your vacation rental or a multi-day challenge that will get you completely off the grid, Catalina Island hiking is an activity not to be missed.
The centerpiece of hiking on Catalina Island is the Trans Catalina Trail, a multi-day (or multi-trip) challenge that stretches from the East End of the island to the West End. Cleared, maintained and owned by the Catalina Island Conservancy, the Trans Catalina Trail requires planning and preparation and hikers should be in good physical condition due to the sometimes extreme elevation changes.
Catalina Island hiking doesn’t always require such an investment in time, however. Whether you’re visiting Two Harbors or Avalon, there are several rewarding day hikes available, ranging from an hour-long stroll to full-day adventures. The Hour Trail in Avalon Canyon is a popular escape off the beaten path, providing great views of both Avalon and, when the weather is clear, the Southern California mainland. In Two Harbors, the hike along Cat Harbor to Ballast Point is a great chance to experience the undeveloped, natural beauty of Catalina.
Whichever option you choose for hiking on Catalina, the island will provide unparalleled views, spectacular vistas and flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth.