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

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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!

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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).

The Bison were right next to the trail which was awesome to see.

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.

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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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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Great workout on way up as it is all up hill, but beautiful all around you and the view at the top makes it worth the hike. The trailhead is at the back of Wrigley garden so you do have pay to get in. We enjoyed seeing the garden after our hike. The hike itself is an old dirt road.

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3 months ago

We did the garden sky loop. Was mostly uphill for the first half of the hike and than after that, it was smooth sailing.

Super awesome 3 day backpacking

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3 months ago

Gerden to Sky Summit to Avalon Harbor. With mom.

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3 months ago

Nice trail, not much shade except in the morning. Beautiful views of the island and the California coast. We only did about 6 miles up the trail. Beautiful sunny day.

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

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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.

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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!

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5 months ago

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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.

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6 months ago

Great hike! Highly recommend going clockwise so you can go uphill on dirt and downhill on the paved part. Also you need a free permit from Catalina conservancy. https://www.catalinaconservancy.org/

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6 months ago

Great hike. Lots of hills

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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.

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