Best camping trails in Avalon, California

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Explore the most popular camping trails near Avalon with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of camping trails in Avalon, California
Top trails (6)
#1 - Trans-Catalina Trail
Avalon, California
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Length: 37.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is a long, strenuous trek across the entirety of Catalina Island. But the views are amazing. Beautiful blue ocean views in every direction in the morning, and incredible solitude, serenity and interior island views in the afternoon. Most backpackers do this over four days and depart from Twin Harbors. Hiking permits are required for all hikers and cyclists. Please check the Catalina Island Conservancy website for further information.Show more
#2 - Little Harbor and Shark Harbor Trail
Avalon, California
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 16 m
Two of the Islands most exotic locals, Little Harbor and its twin, Shark Harbor Shark and Little Harbors are Catalina Island favorites; a must-see for first-timers. Due to the layout of the surrounding coast, Little Harbor is nearly always calm, while Shark is nearly always churning. In the right weather, you might even spot a few surfers taking advantage of the waves. You can also arrange for kayak rentals from town, before you begin your hike, so that you'll have use of the boats stored on shore, just waiting for you when you arrive. Contact Catalina Backcountry for more information. You can hike here on the Trans Catalina Trail or you can schedule a ride on the Safari Bus from either Avalon or Two Harbors.Show more
#3 - Hermit Gulch Trail
Avalon, California
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
Hermit Gulch Trail is the the first trail you will hike if you're hiking thru the Trans-Catalina Trail. Starting at the Hermit Gulch Campground, this trail is mostly in the sun with some shady spots here and there for breaks. Offering some amazing views along the way and encountering some interesting plants makes for an entertaining hike. There is a combination of steep inclines and level areas and steps. At the end of the trail you end up at the top of the hill which also has a nice gazebo. The gazebo offers 360 views from the top overlooking Avalon and the back side of the island. It's worth the workout to the top!Show more
#4 - Trans-Catalina Trail: From Avalon to Black Jack Camp
Avalon, California
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Length: 13.8 mi • Est. 7 h 49 m
#5 - Trans Catalina Trail: Hermit Gulch to Two Harbors
Avalon, California
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Length: 22.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
Take the shuttle from avalon to hermit gulch campground. Hike the hermit gulch trail to TCT where you then walk to Blackjack Campground to spend one night. Next day walk to Two harbors with a stop for lunch at little harbor or the airport. Show more
#6 - Trans-Catalina Trail to Hermit Gulch Campground
Avalon, California
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Length: 8.0 mi • Est. 4 h 31 m