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muddy
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washed out
26 days ago

*WARNING - TRANS CATALINA TRAIL ROUTE HAS CHANGED SINCE RECORDED ON ALLTRAILS. The majority of the trail is the same except for a few different sections. Pay attention to the Trans Catalina Trail sign markers and mileage markers. I highly recommend this trail for anyone looking for a challenge and gorgeous scenery.

This trail map is not correct but the correct trail is rad. Not for slackers.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

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no shade
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Did this with a friend over new years and it was one of the best experiences! Pretty much did the same guide as everyone else (about 4 days starting in avalon and finishing in two harbors). The views are spectacular and each crest had a reward. By far, in my opinion, the prettiest places were little harbor and parsons landing, which I’m definitely going to have to revisit. If you are debating on doing this north to south or vice versa, I’ll say you must do this starting in avalon as the days become much more beautiful as you go. If you like rock climbing too there’s some bouldering at some campsites; at parsons there a boulder dead center on beach. But overall it is highly enjoyable and a must do! Btw the bison will charge if you get to close, we got a little surprise from one of them haha

Very scenic trail. The suggested recording follows the TCT from Two Harbors looping to Parson's Landing to Two Harbors (that's the most difficult part), to Little Harbor, then to Avalon. However, this recording does deviate from the actual TCT in a few spots, making it easier with less elevation gain by following roads. Notably, near Little Harbor and from Airport-in-the-Sky to Avalon.

This isn’t quite a legal trail - it’s private property. But it’s beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

12/16-12/18 :First time backpacking and wanted to hike Avalon-two harbors because it made sense for my schedule. Didn’t have a sleeping pad which seems like a must along with good warm socks, it gets cold at night which makes sense since we hiked in December. The hike itself was incredible, Day 1 left at 11:30a from avalon to blackjack was very hard took a couple breaks arrived at 4:50p. Day 2 left at 830a ate airport and a couple miles after ran across some bison at sheep’s chute, (we got off track somehow, but it leads to little harbor too). They were on the trail and we attempted to go passed them but they chased us off. We ended up hiking around the side of the hill and they watched us the whole time arrived around 230p. Day 3 left at 7:45 a, little harbor-two harbors had some very rough segments practically walking up loose gravel. Ferry left at 1130 and we got there with the 3 min to spare.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Lots of hills

hiking
4 months ago

This was an awesome first self-supported multi-day backpacking experience! We went Avalon —> Blackjack —> Little Harbor —> Parsons Landing —> Two Harbors —> Avalon via the Cyclone boat. Little Harbor was my favorite campground both because of the amazing views and the clean facilities. I would definitely consider doing this trail again. The locals we encountered on Catalina are truly some of the kindest people I’ve met during my travels. And finally, like another review mentioned: use trekking poles.

hiking
5 months ago

We completed the full TCT and also deviated to include the path to Starlight Beach via the Silver Peak Rd. Started in Avalon and camped first night at Blackjack. 2nd day had breakfast at Airport in the Sky and hiked to Little Harbors then to Two Harbors. Had dinner in Two Harbors then camped at the Two Harbors Campground. 3rd Day we hiked to Starlight Beach via Silver Peak Trail (by far the hardest part of the hike) and then back to Parsons landing campsite for the night. 4th day hiked back to Two Harbors (nicest part of the whole hike) Note: A section of the trail is washed out from Two Harbors via Silver Peak Trail to Starlight Beach. We were still able to cross carefully so exercise caution. Overall, the hike was a bit challenging. The elevation gain wasn’t too terrible but since a majority of the trail is 100% exposed with the sun, it’s quite draining especially with a full pack. We did this in Nov 2019 and we saw only 2 hikers during our whole 3 night 4 day trip.

backpacking
no shade
5 months ago

This hike gives the most beautiful views, but to get to see them you have to work your butt off! This is a very challenging hike. The elevation gain is intense with no flat areas. The descents are just as difficult and almost dangerous with very steep drops and the ground is very loose. The campgrounds are beautiful though and very comfortable. It's a moderately trafficked trail so you will run into people often. I would suggest doing this in 5 days, but I did it in 4. There are not many trees so on the trail you will be in direct sunlight and it gets toasty! The bugs will come out once the sun is up too.

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.

backpacking
6 months ago

This was my first time backpacking. I made a huge mistake of packing way too much stuff. I think my pack was around 30lbs or so. Anyway, I started at avalon and camped at blackjack, which was my day one. My backpacking ended at airport from there I took a truck and headed back to avalon. It was painful. Elevation was crazy it was hurting my back the whole time. I think those trekking poles are must. I started on sunday and I only came across one group. (couple) Also, make sure to bring long pants. You have cactus and long sharp (I don't know the name) plants around the trails. It's cold at night so make sure you bring jacket. Overall, hiking (avalon to blackjack) felt like hiking in my local hiking trail, except you have beautiful ocean view. I will go back this year but will skip avalon to blackjack. IF you do plan to backpack this trail, make sure to take hikkkkking pooles!! PLEASE.

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

I recommend getting starting early - there is no shade and the sun can be relentless. Really fun hike with some strenuous stretches. Watch out for bison about 2/3 the way in - they can be dangerous and show up out of nowhere. Also, we did the new, shorter trail, which cut about 3 miles from the beginning. If you have the time, do the full hike!

Same trail used by the off road Segways!

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).

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!

This is a beautiful trail. I saw a lot of foxes along the way. It is very sunny; however, there are shaded spots. Utilize them as you come upon them. The area is known for bison but I didn’t see any. I did a lot of stopping along the way and didn’t utilize the pause option therefore it appears it took me a bit longer than it should have. The trail is steady incline of 1500+ feet and it’s very hot...bring lots of water!

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no shade
off trail
7 months ago

Bridge is out on trail due to flooding. Trail not marked so follow the coordinates in the app.

The heat was brutal!

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rocky
7 months ago

Did this trail Labor Day weekend September 1-4th 2019. We took the 7am ferry from San Pedro arriving in Avalon around 8:15am with the heat already starting. I would recommend staying in Avalon in order to get a cool early start rather than ferry in the day you plan to start hiking. The trail that AllTrails indicates is actually the old version of the trial and you should start you ascend via Hermit Gulch trail head by the Avalon golf course, rather than the south side of the island near lovers cove like we did. Me and a friend did it this way only to find out that the trail had changed half way through the trip when meeting other backpackers .By doing so we suffered brutal inclines with no switch backs, in 90° weather, no shade, no breeze with 4 days worth of food and 3 liters of water each for the first 8 miles. We definitely ended up suffering heat exhaustion and were wasted before the end of the first day arriving at camp right before sunset .The following days were just as brutal with heavy heat, lucky we decided to skip little harbor as we didn’t have reservations, taking the quarry roads on the east side of the islands to knock of a few miles and incline letting us arrive mid afternoon with plenty of down time. Parsons landing was the peak of the trip with its soft sand and isolation although it was only a 6 miles hike it was still challenging. We are experienced backpackers and this trip took all we had. I would probably do it again in the winter. Make sure you bring plenty of water as it’s scarce, warm and chlorinated throughout the island. If I were to do it again I would break it up into 5 days in this order: 1.Arrive at Two Harbors ➡️ Parsons landing 2.Parsons landing ➡️ Two Harbors 3.Two Harbors ➡️ Little Harbor 4.Little Harbor ➡️ Black Jack 5.Black Jack ➡️ Avalon via hermit gulch ➡️ Home This way would have been a lot more enjoyable as it would allow less miles per day and more down time at the camp sites. Overall I loved the challenge and can’t wait to do it again.

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