Catalina Island Hikes, Walks & Trails

Avalon Walks, Runs & Hikes

For those wishing to explore on foot, without trekking into the island's interior, there are several easy to moderate routes for runners, walkers and hikers in Avalon.

Country Club Loop/Descanso - Moderate - 1.43 miles

Difficult start uphill but the views of Avalon will make the battle worth it. Then it's smooth sailing back to town.

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Mt. Ada Loop - Difficult - 3.57 miles

Longest route with steep uphill incline to Mt. Ada on paved road. This route starts out on Pebbly Beach Rd. Take a right up Wrigley Road, and follow to the top as the road winds up the backside of Wrigley Rd. Once at Mt. Ada, follow the road back down the other side of the hill.

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Botanical Gardens Path - Moderate - 3.58 miles

Head up Metropole Ave to Avalon Canyon Road, past the Fire Station, Catalina Island Golf Course, Bird Park, Joe Machado Field and Hermit Gulch Campground to the Wrigley Memorial. Please note that there is an entrance fee at the Botanical Garden. 

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Horse Trail Path Loop / Hour Trail - Moderate - 2.5 miles

The Horse Trail follows the trail formerly used by the Catalina Horse Stables. This is a great morning hike along a dirt road and offers beautiful views on the golf course, Avalon Harbor and Catalina Casino. Head up Metropole Ave to Avalon Canyon, as above, but just across the Hermit Gulch Campground, look for the unmarked trail off the road to the left. Follow the trail up the hill to the left, first passing above Joe Machado Field and then the Catalina Island Golf Course. You'll wind your way around the trail, above the golf course, reaching an end at the Avalon Fire Station.

Catalina Chimes Tower via Hogsback Trail - Moderate - 2.31 miles

Moderate incline through the streets of Avalon; route features a set of stairs and long uphill climb overlooking Avalon Bay, Descanso Beach Club and the Catalina Zip Line Eco Tour.

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Also view easy Avalon City Walks.

Two Harbors Hikes / Walks

If you staying in Two Harbors or visiting for the day, there are several easy to moderate hikes and walks to you to explore. Stop by the Two Harbors Visitor Center at the foot at Isthmus Pier for directions and guidance.

Upper Ballast Point Out & back - Moderate Uphill - 4 miles

Head out of Two Harbors, past Buffalo Park and the schoolhouse, take a left in front of the Isthmus Yacht Club and continue up the road past Banning House Lodge. Continue heading uphill bearing to the the right. Soon you'll see the backside of Catalina Island. Make your way to the top of the hill and relax at the Catalina Harbor overlook.

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