Catalina Island Hiking
Catalina Island offers some of southern California’s best hiking trails. Dramatic wildlife, awe-inspiring views and a wide array of trails combine to offer both challenge and reward for hikers of all abilities. Eighty-eight percent of the land on Catalina Island is protected and maintained through the Catalina Island Conservancy. Make sure and check in with the Catalina Island Conservancy to secure a Catalina Island hiking permit before setting out if you plan to hike within Catalina Island's 70-square mile interior.
Hikers can expect to see varied terrain including grasslands, woodlands, ridgelines, secluded beaches, and more. Not only do cooler temperatures make hiking on Catalina Island even more appealing, winter weather brings the island to life, with just a little rain required to infuse the normally golden hills with verdant vibrancy. The Catalina Island Conservancy’s new Trekking Catalina initiative showcases dozens of miles of new and upgraded trails. The centerpiece of Trekking Catalina continues to be the Trans-Catalina Trail, a spectacular trek through 20+ miles of rugged-island terrain that rates as one of the top Catalina Island adventures.