Catalina Island Hiking
Catalina Island offers some of southern California’s best hiking trails. Dramatic wildlife, awe-inspiring views and a wide array of trails combine to offer both challenge and reward for hikers of all abilities. Eighty-eight percent of the land on Catalina Island is protected and maintained through the Catalina Island Conservancy. Make sure and check in with the Catalina Conservancy to secure a Catalina hiking permit before setting out if you plan to hike within Catalina's 70-square mile interior.
Hikers can expect to see varied terrain including grasslands, woodlands, ridgelines, secluded beaches, and more. Not only do cooler temperatures make hiking on Catalina Island even more appealing, winter weather brings the island to life, with just a little rain required to infuse the normally golden hills with verdant vibrancy. The Catalina Conservancy’s new Trekking Catalina initiative showcases dozens of miles of new and upgraded trails. The centerpiece of Trekking Catalina continues to be the Trans-Catalina Trail, a spectacular trek through 20+ miles of rugged-island terrain that rates as one of the top Catalina Island adventures.
Avalon Walks, Runs & Hikes
For those wishing to explore on foot, without trekking into the island's interior, there are several easy to moderate routes for runners, walkers and hikers in Avalon.
Country Club Loop/Descanso - Moderate - 1.43 miles
Difficult start uphill but the views of Avalon will make the battle worth it. Then it's smooth sailing back to town.
Mt. Ada Loop - Difficult - 3.57 miles
Longest route with steep uphill incline to Mt. Ada. This route starts out on Pebbly Beach Rd., winding up the backside of Wrigley Rd., to Mt. Ada and back down the other side.
Botanical Gardens Path - Moderate - 3.58 miles
Head up Metropole Ave to Avalon Canyon Road, past the Fire Station, Catalina Island Golf Course, Bird Park, Joe Machado Field and Hermit Gulch Campground to the Wrigley Memorial. Please note that there is an entrance fee at the Botanical Garden.
Horse Trail Path Loop - Moderate - 2.5 miles
Head up Metropole Ave to Avalon Canyon, as above, but as you get to Hermit Gulch Campground, find the unmarked trail to the left. Follow the trail that borders the golf course. You'll wind your way around the trail, reaching an end at the Avalon Fire Station.
Catalina Chimes Tower via Hogsback Trail - Moderate - 2.31
Moderate incline through the streets of Avalon; route features a set of starts and long uphill climb overlooking Avalon Bay, Descanso Beach Club and the Catalina Zip Line Eco Tour.
Click here to download the map of described Avalon Hikes/Walks.
Also view easy Avalon City Walks.