My husband and I planned to go on a hike from the Catalina Airport to Avalon on the Trans Catalina Trail.. We took a bus to the airport the day before to scope out the environment. The road to the airport is not much of a travelled road by tourists because driving is limited with permits. It is primarily used by locals and tour buses. We had acquired the necessary hiking permits online and made a 7:30 am reservation to get to the airport by taxi and start the hike. We decided to ask our driver to drop us off just short of airport where we could reach the trail. We then hiked toward Avalon and took the Divide Trail that circles the ridge line of mountains around Avalon. We had a small map and the trail signs were adequate. The weather was perfect except for fog creeping up from the opposite side of Avalon that blocked seeing the ocean on the other side of the island but kept us cool on the hike. We hiked to the East End down to Pebbly Beach. The walk was easy and it went moderately up and down in elevation. The last hour was primarily downhill. We hiked about 11 miles, five hours and not once did we see another human being. We startled a Catalina fox on its hunt for dove and buffalo moved about in one area. We saw lots of wildlife tracks. This was a peaceful hike and the views of Avalon Bay were spectacular. Take water and snacks as there are no facilties. I had cell reception and would recommend taking a cell phone.
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