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Best trails in Avalon

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Looking for a great trail near Avalon, California? AllTrails has 17 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, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Ocean Trails Reserve or Bolsa Chica State Beach. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Avalon ranging from 2.7 to 11.4 miles and from 9 to 1,699 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Avalon
Top trails (17)
#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 - Garden to Sky Trail
Avalon, California
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
This trail is constantly at an uphill grade. It begins at Wrigley Memorial and ends with a breathtaking view of both sides of the island. The end of this trail is the beginning of a longer mountain-top trail called Divide Road.Show more
#4 - Hermit Gulch Trail to Lone Tree Point
Avalon, California
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 24 m
Up for a short hike with a big payoff? Try the Garden to Sky Hike using the Memorial Road and Hermit Gulch trail. You can make the round trip in just a couple of hours and be back in time for whatever your Avalon plans may be. The trail head can be accessed via the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden located at the top of Avalon Canyon, a 1.75 mile walk up the road from town. You can also catch a ride on the city's trolley or the Catalina Island Conservancy's Wilderness Express (310-510-0143) from the Transportation Plaza for only a few bucks per person. Entering via the garden gives individuals in your group with different goals or needs the option to hike the graded road to the top or simply relax at the garden and wait for their party to return. Or you can do the loop and meet up with the gang at the Hermit Gulch Campground on the way back to town. The trail is one of the best entry-level hikes on the island with phenomenal views being your reward for a moderate level of effort.Show more
#5 - Trans-Catalina Trail: From Avalon to Black Jack Camp
Avalon, California
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Length: 13.8 mi • Est. 7 h 49 m
#6 - 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
#7 - Avalon Bay Trail
Avalon, California
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 20 m
Avalon, Catalina Islands main town, is only one square mile in size and everything is within easy walking distance. In fact walking is the preferred mode of transportation. Outdoor enthusiasts are welcome to explore Catalina Island on foot. Hiking and biking permits are required.Show more
#8 - Stage Road to Divide Road to Hermit Gulch Trail Loop
Avalon, California
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 29 m
#9 - Trans Catalina Trail
Avalon, California
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
#10 - 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
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