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Two Harbors to Parsons Landing via West End Road

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Two Harbors, California

Two Harbors to Parsons Landing via West End Road is a 14.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Two Harbors, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, sea kayaking, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 14.6 mi Elevation gain 1,505 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Beach Views Wild flowers Wildlife No shade
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A visually stunning (backpacking) hike along the coastline. Visitors usually camp at Parsons Landing and hike back out the next day or two.

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Emma James
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Peacebro .
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Sharese Hill
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Hiking

Beautiful hike with perfect weather!! The restroom on the trail was SOOO clean and appreciated!

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Marcela Isabel
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Virineia Lupan
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Paul Mccarty
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Paul Mccarty
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Daniel Moran
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Hiking

Easy 7.7 mile stroll into Two Harbors from Parson's Landing. Left at 10 am and had decent shade along the road. Only needed 1.5 L of water. Nice ending to a tough TCT through-hike.

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Scott Shanklin
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Moderate, it’s a long 7-1/2 miles lol. Great views and weather

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Henry Molina
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Easy totally flat beautiful coast line hike

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Veronica Kimble
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West End Rd is very scenic and beautiful with breeze from the ocean.

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Veronica Kimble
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Alessandria Tumax
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Parsons landing. Nice, so far.

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Chara jin
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Easy, nice view , absolutely stunning. Best part of TCT

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Robert Anderson
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Annie King
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This was my first backpacking experience and I loved it. If this was a day hike I would rate it as easy. The trail is flat with stunning views and would make for a gorgeous trail run. For backpacking...the 7 miles in took us a little over 2 hours but keep in mind that the trail has full sun exposure so the 2 hours felt more like 4 under the hot sun. An outhouse is somewhere midway on the trail and more outhouses at Parsons Landing.

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cela garibay
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Did this trail on a Tuesday morning. Recorded from parsons back to two harbors. I did this trail about 4 years ago and noticed they’ve changed a couple things. Paved most of the way. The last mile is prolly the hardest. My hike in I carried 1 liter of water which was enough but my hike out I needed more than that since it felt more uphill. Plenty of benches to sit and take in the views. If camping at parsons keep going left do alittle or scrambling and there’s a small cove there. Beautiful.

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Dwayne Tarver
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the first half is pretty tough. uphill for hours, the down hill on a steep grade with gravel so loose you have to be very careful to maintain your footing. camping a parson's landing was fun and the hike back to two harbors isn't bad. not much to look at except the crystal water in the bay. mostly a road hike.

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Michael Wood
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Meggin Brie Thompson
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This review is only for Two Harbors to Parsons Landing which is a actually around 8 miles. It’s down a really dull main road which seems endless until the very end when it connects with the other part of the trail. There’s no shade or wind. Can’t beat the secluded beach view when you get there, though. Don’t expect to swim. Even if it’s nice weather, the current is way too strong and there’s a big drop off. Campsite 1 isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I personally like the sandier spots. Also no shade at Parsons until the sun goes down. Lots of little flies.

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Brett Sanner
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Backpacked to Parson's Landing from Two Harbors on 9/18. The winding trail is hot (no shade) and dusty, but the views along the coves and coastline are phenomenal. While you could do this as a day hike, staying at Parson's Landing (reservations requires) is a must. This is a beautiful beach-side camping area, with numerous trails and hill tops to explore in the area (along with swimming/fishing). Hard to believe that you're only a 30 miles from LA. Feels like a different world (reminded us of some more rustic Greek islands).

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Justin Logan
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The hike is a predominantly flat dirt road for 90% of the trek. Very little shade on the hike or the destination. You can pay for a locker with water and firewood waiting for you at the campsite; worth the $20. Don't hesitate to book the ferry once you've booked the campsite!

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Meg Durcan
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Gorgeous views, flat almost the entire way. Could have biked. Bathrooms at Parsons Landing Campsite.

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Gilberto Covarrubias
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Michael Boatright
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Just got back from a 3 day in and out from Two Harbors to Parsons Landing. Perfect time of year to do this trip weather wise and crowd wise.

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Ness Kess
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Backpacking

Visited in September. Very warm, not much of any shade along the trail. Pack more water than you think you’ll need. Level for the first 5mi. or so. As soon as you transfer from West End RD. nearing the Trans Catalina trail (close to Parsons), there are some nice hilly areas. I suggest trekking poles for backpackers.

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Matthew Johnson
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Great out and back for the Scout Troop. Left Camp Cherry Valley in the morning. Easy hike along the road, past Emerald Bay Scout Camp and over to Parson's Landing. Stony beach with clear water and lots of Scouts milling about. Bring your swim trunks to take a dip in the ocean.

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peeklay doready
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Backpacking

You are hiking a road but it is beautiful and Parsons Landing is worth every bit of the trek. Relatively flat and a good route for my son's (9) first backpacking outing

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Pete Van Hamersveld
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I walked it round trip in five hours. Really enjoyed it. Lots of open scenery and a beautiful beach at Parsons's Landing.

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