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Trans-Catalina Trail to Hermit Gulch Campground

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Avalon, California

Trans-Catalina Trail to Hermit Gulch Campground is a 8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Avalon, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 8.0 mi Elevation gain 1,919 ft Route type Point to Point
Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Running Views Wildlife No shade
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Oliver Beattie
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Highly recommend, but probably not for a beginner. Coming off the ferry, I made this into a loop starting (via Wrigley Rd) and ending (via Avalon Canyon Rd) in Avalon. According to my watch, this turned it into an 11 mile hike with 2400ft elevation. It took me around 4½ hours, but I took a few decent stops. Most of the trail is a fire road, making the terrain a little uninteresting and since it appeared to have been recently 'redone' sometimes loose underfoot, but I was lucky to be there on a clear day and the spectacular views easily make up for it. Dropping down through the Hermit Gulch Campground at the end was an eerie experience due to COVID-19, with only a single tent on the entire ground. Looked like a beautiful place to camp though and gave me a welcome opportunity to replenish water. A series of signs at the trailhead and at the trailhead I exited on in the Hermit Gulch Campground insisted that a permit was required, but I didn't have one. Your mileage may vary with this. Made me want to do the full Trans-Catalina trail!

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Ventura Skip
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Good trail for hiking, however pick your time thoughtfully. The marine layer was around most the ridge.

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Andraya Olander
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This is a pretty great trail. I came onto the island off one of the ferry boats. The walk to the starting point of the trail is 1.5 miles uphill via Wrigley Rd. You'll already be winded before you even get to the trailhead. The beginning of the Trans-Cat trail is a series of dirt roads. They're wide, easy to follow, uphill, and there is no shade. I, unfortunately, went on a super cloudy day, but there would have been panoramic ocean views. I imagine it would have been amazing. The first 4 miles from the trailhead are completely uphill, but it is very doable for a reasonable hiker. It's pretty much downhill from the 4 mile mark to the junction with the Garden to the Sky trail. If you continue the Trans-Cat past Garden to the Sky and go to Hermit Gulch (I did), it's uphill again. I then took the Hermit Gulch trail down to the campground and eventually headed back to Avalon. The Hermit Gulch trail (1.7 mi) is the only "real" trail and it's entirely downhill if you're heading down to the campground. Including my walk to the trailhead, and finishing at the Hermit Gulch campground, my hike was 10 miles. It's a great hike with views from the top of the island. I highly recommend this trail (dirt road). I will do it again!

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T C
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Judd Minter
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Bri Holland
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Tom Laveuf
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Emily Kenyon
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Gabe Davis
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Dan Leslie
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Savior Papetti
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Savior Papetti
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Travis Bianchi
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Renee Williams
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Landon Greene
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Christine Blunt
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Kristen Marzelli
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Saeed Aliabadi
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Harry Parisi
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Anna Wu
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