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Easy practically flat trail. Beware lots of bike riders, some are nice enough to let you know they are coming close. Busy on the weekends. Nice waterfall at the end of the trail to refresh yourself in.

Love climbing through the canyons and the views of the water. Quick but fun hike that doesn’t take up a whole day. Easy to park and walk down.

19 hours ago

Fun hike with the family

cross country skiing
1 day ago

Skied from Chase Park to the covered bridge. River and birds beat out the traffic sounds on nearby Rte 108.

Not much of a hike, but the slot canyons are very cool and worth checking out

Overly dramatic park name

beautiful day for a hike. Definitely need yak tracks. the view at the top was spectacular today!!

Fun hike for any ages.

Awesone view :)

I went Monday 11-5 Lots of ice. Then when I got to the white rock trail it was a ton of snow Many of the markings are on the rocks So I could not see them but it seemed pretty obvious as to where you need to go. Very windy at the top but a fantastic view. ONE MAN GATHERS WHAT ANOTHER MAN SPILLS.


Absolutely beautiful hike, it can get intense at some points closer to the pinnacle but it’s worth every bit. Best time to go is the first week of October.

Went for an easy hike with my dog. He loved it. The water was high because of all the rain so we couldn’t make it past a certain part of the trail where the river had come up. Beautiful and easy though.

Loved this trail! Views from the top (and middle) are beautiful and worth the semi-challenging trail. Additional fun: Two local golden retrievers with bells and tags met us at the bottom and took us all the way to the top, no owners. We learned from some locals on the trail that these amazing pups have been on that trail for years and are sweet and brave, which we found out!

Beautiful scenes with an element of adventure and climbing. we loved this quick and easy to get to trail.

What a special “canyon niche” this is, in Solana Beach, of all places! Must enter thru North Rios Street - San Elijo Lagoon. Definitely, a “one way” short “climb, with a few unexpected photo ops along the way.

17 days ago

Giving five stars because trail was well marked, and easy to find. I had downloaded the All Trails map but it wouldn’t load for some reason. I too, am a pro member. Completely relied on the Catalina map that you can buy at the visitor center instead. Decent cell reception on most of the area and plenty of places to stop for food if you plan right (you could easily carry just two days worth of food on a four day trip). We did Avalon to blackjack on day 1 then blackjack to two harbors day two, and finally two harbors to starlight beach (camp at parson landing) day three, and parsons landing to two harbors day four. In retrospect, We wish we had arrived in time to camp at hermit gulch, get an early start, and hike all the way to little harbor on day one (prettiest campsite). Then day two we would suggest little harbor to parsons landing, then back on day three. Don’t skip the hill to parsons landing. It has beautiful views and a lot more fun than the flat way. It is really steep going down. Wouldn’t suggest going up it from PL bc of the grade. The Catalina trail map altitude gain image is more of a pretty looking estimation. Just follow the contours. Overall the hardest part for us wasn’t the hills, but rather the heat and sun exposure on the way to blackjack. Pack as light as possible. But definitely pack a rain fly for camping anywhere on the beach. Ours got soaked and we were very happy to have it. Oh yeah, and for starlight beach take the old west end road trail instead of the road. It’s easy to miss, on the right hand side. Otherwise the road drops steep to the coast, then back up to meet old west end road. Totally unnecessary. Ask for a second bundle of firewood at two harbors... I think it’s included in the cost. Don’t forget to call ahead and order water and wood for PL.

Beautiful sites at the top. Definitely a challenging incline. Could be done in a few hours. Overall very fun.

Excellent trail. Well marked with some nice views along the way. Might be better suited as an Easy than Moderate, but a really enjoyable walk and hike. Would highly recommend to anyone in the area.

My whole family loves going here! My daughter wanted to get married there. Our dogs have enjoyed it as well.!

Everyone should come out and hike this trail that leads to a fun little adventure.

Nice easy walking trail.

I love the challenge. going up was a challenge but going down was rough. the hardest part was the rock climbing. be prepared to climb up that mountain with all your limbs, otherwise you'll have to turn back and not able to make the loop. be sure to have good shoes or hiking boots on during the autumn season because the leaves may be a bit slippery.

Views for days! This took us about 6 hours because we kept stopping to appreciate where we were - a new favorite!

$8 pp for non members, kids free

Excellent hike and view!!

1 month ago

First off, my AllTrails app did not work on the island. Getting discouraged with the spotty functionality. This, despite pre-downloading maps on my app. The app was just completely frozen. (I pay for the "Pro" version too).
The hike itself was fantastic. Some good elevation and great ocean views. Many of the inlets were a rich turquoise color - reminiscent of the Caribbean.
The best campsites on the island were definitely Little Harbor and Parsons Landing.
Be sure to use the route provided by the Catalina Conservancy map and not the AllTrails route.
Had great weather in October. Every day was around 70 degrees with morning cloud cover (great time to climb).

Great hike! The views are beautiful due to the 360 degrees. The day we hiked it was a bit slippery so hiking boots were necessary due to extremely large boulders/earth. We got lost a few times due to unclear trail heads. Overall fun day in the woods!

If you enjoy rocky climbs this is without a doubt, one of the best hikes around. Not that difficult, and great views. Easily one of my favorites.

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