Looking for a great trail near Avalon, California? AllTrails has 22 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Crystal Cove State Park or Bolsa Chica State Beach, we've got you covered. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 11 hard trails in Avalon ranging from 5.6 to 40.2 miles and from 9 to 1,768 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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

9.5 miles door to door from our house in Avalon. Nice morning hike about 4 hours. We love hiking on the island, hard to beat the ocean air and beautiful panoramas, and the elevation gains give you a good cardio workout.

hiking
no shade
13 days ago

backpacking
18 days 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
20 days 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
23 days 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!

hiking
1 month ago

We started around 9:30 and it got pretty hot . Recommend going earlier. Views at top are great, can see neighboring island and mainland. Trail is wide and ascent is fair so not too difficult. Some shade but also stretches of full sun. No bugs or other nuisances to speak of. Overall great hike you can take directly out if Avalon. You cross Wrigley’s botanical garden, which charges entrance fee $14 for an adult and a senior. You can apparently bypass by going through the campground on the right, but we thought we wanted to support the cause. Steady parade of golf carts going to the botanical gardens was slightly annoying.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this trail in reverse....sky to garden (you don’t have to pay to enter the hike at the garden this way). I hiked up Hermits Gulch. At the top is Divide Rd. Follow that to left (away from restroom). It leads you into the garden to sky hike. Hermits Gulch has way more wildlife and was less populated. That was an actual trail. The garden to sky trail is a dirt road. Great views though. Just not as rustic as Hermits gulch which is why I gave it a four out of five.

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!

hiking
1 month ago

A very easy hike. It ends with a boat campground at Descanso Beach and the boat campground where you can rent kayaks, paddle boards and zip line. It is all paved. Really, just a city walk.

hiking
no shade
off trail
1 month ago

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

The heat was brutal!

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

I would like to recommend this trail more like paved walk way for anyone who many requires the use of a wheelchair. It is very flat most of it is pavers or bricks. It is lite at night. Porta potty located in the back of casino. If your looking for a shower their are showers for fee along this route. This route takes you to casino point with view's of the harbor. Casino point is a famous spot to watch snorkelers & scuba divers or free divers. At night sometimes you'll see lights illuminating the water by scuba divers. On a clear night you can see the stars from here.

Hot hot hot! But amazing views. Great hike

hiking
1 month ago

nice hike. hot and dry

hiking
1 month ago

The final 7.8 miles of the trans-Catalina trail was the easiest. Takes you along the coast the entire way. I want to do the entire trans hike again but in smaller sections.

hiking
1 month ago

3rd leg of the trans-Catalina trail was the steepest yet! Shortest mileage but 1,800 feet of elevation gain in like 2.5 miles! Incredible views. Come see it for yourself. Got to parsons landing at 1:45 pm and jumped in the water.

Insane! I suggest staying at little harbor from black jack. The elevation gain from little harbor to two harbor is a killer. Day 2 of our trip. Still a toss up if day 1 was harder. Had an awesome buffalo burger at the airport in the sky.

Holy crap do not do the east end road starting point! 17 miles from Avalon to black jack if you do it! Regretting it big time. 39-lb pack and a crying girlfriend. This trail finally ended! This is not the actual trans-Catalina trail. All trails is wrong, you should start out on hermit gulch trail/campground. We added a lot of extra miles, albeit the views were worth it. We were so sore we were about to tap out and take a shuttle back to Avalon to get drunk.

backpacking
2 months ago

The trail map on all trails does not match the current tail. There are two main differences... the start of the current trail is through hermit gulch... the other main difference is after you leave the airport .. the trail down to little harbor does not match.

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