Cottonwood Beach Trail is a 0.2 mile moderately 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 hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.2 miles Elevation Gain: 39 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers


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.

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