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Cottonwood Beach is a 0.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Avalon, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.2 mi Elevation gain 39 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Walking Bird watching Beach Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Take a short trip to Cottonwood Beach and explore the unique land and seascape Not far from Little and Shark Harbors, Cottonwood is less accessible and more private. Scoured by seasonal waters running through the watershed, Cottonwood offers a unique land and seascape. There's even a small waterfall that runs in the rainy season. You can hike here on the Trans Catalina Trail, over from Little and Shark Harbors, or you can schedule a ride on the Safari Bus from either Avalon or Two Harbors. You can find these services listed here.

Obtain your Hiking Permit online or at the Conservancy House on Clarissa before leaving Avalon. Also, be sure to review Cautions and Policies before heading out on your adventure.

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Kerri Foster
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Hiking

Hike is along the dirt road for majority of the trip. Gorgeous views of Little Harbor and Shark Harbor. Small waterfall and pond nearby. Cottonwood Beach is quite rocky. Not good for swimming, very strong waves and undertow. Beautiful stop for lunch. Made more stops than usual, and forgot to stop recording once getting to the beach. Could make it there in an hour or so.

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Marcelle T
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Hiking
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Lead out to the beach from main road. On the other side of sharks harbor, there is a small trail. It may be part of the same trail. It's a steep incline, but easy. Grassy. No shade. Very short. Easy to do with little kids, but don't use a stroller.

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Garrett Mendez
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Backpacking
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