Freaking brutal. Awesome sights. We saw quite a few bison, which im not going to lie, was super cool, but I did make my husband go first...you know, just in case. All in all, I was 6 months post having a baby...and I was stopping to pump every 4 hours...I was in terrible shape..and I made it! If I can do it...anyone can.

Great trail, very hot even on a 70 degree day. Bring plenty of water

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, did this November 2019 and loved every part of it. Parsons landing is the best campsite on the whole island. Carry as much water as you can, very few places to refill. Bug spray your gear, I had a tick bite I believe attached on me at two harbors campsite.

Little harbor to two harbor with Bella!

Amazing... two harbor to little harbor campground with mom dad and Bella. A little muddy but PERFECT weather. Came close to a line bison half a mile into the hike... campsite is incredible. Shark harbor is a good surf spot!

hiking
muddy
no shade
washed out
2 months ago

Beatiful blue pacific views. Very few people for a Saturday. Recommend taking this trail from the campground and going counterclockwise so you end the hike at the memorial/garden (skip the gate fee).

Good 2 miles of steep inclines but absolutely worth it..beautiful hike. We took it slow, enjoyed the view and took plenty of brakes! It took us 3 hours 40 minutes, each way.

hiking
3 months 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.

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no shade
3 months ago

Super awesome 3 day backpacking

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no shade
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Lead out to the beach from main road. On the other side of sharks harbor, there is a small trail. It may be part of the same trail. It's a steep incline, but easy. Grassy. No shade. Very short. Easy to do with little kids, but don't use a stroller.

hiking
5 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

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

hiking
5 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
6 months ago

Great hike. Lots of hills

hiking
6 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.

Part of this trail is different from the all trails map, they changed a section going to little harbor. Follow the actual map from the conservancy. You need to account for trying to go around bison in your way as well. It wasn’t easy, challenging at times but enjoyable. Some parts have no shade for long periods of time. If you aren’t fast, do two harbors and parsons separately. I tried to but ended up staying in two harbors... little harbor to two harbors took longer and was more challenging than expected in some ways. You could take a short cut but it was a rewarding part of the hike I’m glad I did. I’m a slow hiker.

hiking
7 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.

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no shade
7 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.

Very hilly and rocky trail. Lots of sage, beautiful blue sky and ocean view.

backpacking
8 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
8 months ago

Really strenuous stretch. We did it in 1/2 day before taking the boat back from two harbors. 1500 elevation gain in 2 miles. but great views and good exercise. highly recommend.

It is only like 8 miles from Blackjack campground to little harbor. Pretty easy, mostly downhill.

hiking
no shade
8 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!

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