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Little Harbor and Shark Harbor

Two of the Islands most exotic locals, Little Harbor and its twin, Shark Harbor

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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5.1 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview:  Shark and Little Harbors are Catalina Island favorites; a must-see for first-timers. Due to the layout of the surrounding coast,... more »

Tips:  Obtain your Hiking Permit online. Also, be sure to review Cautions and Policies before heading out on your adventure.

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

Start your hike to Two Harbors here at Little and Shark Harbors. The camping amenities are very good and include barbecues and fire pits. To make camping or fire pit reservations call (310) 510-8368.

The hike to Two Harbors from here is about six miles, making it a popular destination whether you’re heading from or toward Two Harbors. Bison are... More

2. Little Harbor

For kayakers, Little Harbor’s calmer waters make for an easy put in and take out point, even when the wind’s blowing a bit. Keep your eyes peeled for shorebirds and sea life. During low tides, there are small tide pools to explore. Just remember to tread lightly.

3. Shark Harbor

Shark Harbor is nearly always churning. In the right weather, you might see surfers catching the waves. Hiking up Whale’s Tail rock gives you some nice views and offers up a great place to relax and watch the ocean. Why is it called Whale’s Tail? One look and you’ll know. The Whale’s Tail is smack dab between Little and Shark Harbors and makes for... More

4. Pickleweed

This area, with its stunning natural scenery is also surprisingly diverse botanically. It has one of our nicest stands of the giant coreposis. Corepsis gigantea, a member of the sunflower family, is like a Dr. Seuss tree in growth form but has bright yellow flowers in the spring. Other smaller plants nearby include Green liveforever, called... More

5. Two Harbors

There's dining, lodging, and historically interesting buildings here at Two Harbors. The Banning House, perched on the hill, overlooks both Isthmus and Catalina Harbor. It was built in 1910 by the Banning brothers to serve as their summer home. The brothers traveled by stagecoach from Avalon. The rugged journey took two days to go one way. Since... More