Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Two Harbors to Parsons Landing via West End Road

moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(80)
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.

Distance: 14.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,505 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

A visually stunning (backpacking) hike along the coastline. Visitors usually camp at Parsons Landing and hike back out the next day or two.

hiking
muddy
no shade
6 months ago

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

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.

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

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).

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

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!

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

off trail
Fri Mar 15 2019

Sun Oct 28 2018

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.

backpacking
Thu Sep 13 2018

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.

hiking
no shade
Wed Jun 20 2018

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.

backpacking
Tue Feb 20 2018

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

hiking
Thu Dec 08 2016

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

backpacking
Sun Oct 02 2016

Easy stroll on a improved trail/road. Views throughout, Parsons cove is a terrific spot to spend the night, never saw another person during out December hike around the island.

scenic driving
Thu Aug 13 2015

I like to call Catalina Island the Key West of the West Coast. It's a great weekend or day trip via cruiseline out of San Pedro or Long Beach, CA. I took the bus tour that explores the island and there are some great views. I also enjoyed the glass bottom boat tour. Very fun experience.

camping
Sun Sep 28 2014

Beautiful place to camp, right by the water. It's a nice flat hike to the campsite, took about 3 hours to get there.

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Showing results 1 - 29 of 83