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Trans-Catalina Trail

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Richard H wrote a review Jul 2019
Los Angeles, California, United States7 contributions2 helpful votes
Catalina has very scenic vistas and very satisfactory campgrounds, but lack of shade and the the vertical challenges makes this a challenge to even the most experienced hikers. The experience in totality was great, but make sure you are prepared for the sun and some serious elevation variations. The buffalo tacos at the Catalina Airport are great!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Michele K wrote a review May 2019
portland, United States2 contributions4 helpful votes
Just returned from completing the trail on Mother's Day weekend 2019. I read quite a bit before we made our reservations and hiked the trail, but there were still things I wished I had known. 1) Hiking Permit is now electronic - just save it on your phone or carry a paper copy (no one asked to see it) 2) It was well worth it to stop and camp at Little Harbor! 3) The showers: Hermit Gulch has coin operated Hot showers. The shower house closest to the Ranger station has appropriate water pressure. The other is a trickle. It takes a minute or two for the water to turn hot. Black Jack/Little Harbor/Two Harbors campgrounds have only a pole (no privacy) with cold water; think of the showers at the beach to rinse the sand off! Parson's Landing - no showers. 4) Definitely stop where you can to eat. It is less food to carry. Airport & Two Harbors have places to eat. 5) The safest way to complete the leg of the trail from Two Harbors to Parson's Landing is to take the West End road out to Parson's Landing and then hike the overland trail back to Two Harbors. The trail is crazy steep in parts of the 2 miles from Parson's to the top, but it is doable. It is then 4 miles down to Two Harbors from the top. Yes, you did read correctly from other reviews that there are no switchbacks! I'm not sure how you come down the steep sections if you came from Two Harbors overland to Parson's! We ran into a Ranger at the top who told us that they prefered to hike the overland trail the direction we were doing it from Parson's to Two Harbors vs. Two Harbors to Parson's. Now we know! Also there is no shame in taking the West End Road both directions. The other groups that hiked at the same weekend all took the West End Rd both directions. What is not on the map is that there is a new covered picnic table near the top, but no vaulted toilet on this section of the trail. 6) There are coin operated hot showers in Two Harbors. They even provide shampoo/conditioner and soap! The bathrooms are clean! I would recommend taking a shower before heading to the Two Harbors Campground because . . . it is uphill! 7) There is potable water along the trail at identified location, rest covered picnic tables and vaulted toilets. Still good to carry more than 1 litre of water, despite the weight. I didn't think that 3 litres is needed unless it is really HOT or you drink ALOT. The hike is difficult! It is worthwhile. We took 4 days: Day 1: Avalon to Blackjack; Day 2: Blackjack to Little Harbor; Day 3: Little Harbor to Parson's Landing; Day 4: Parson's Landing to Two Harbors.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Stephanie C wrote a review Mar 2019
Vista, California7 contributions8 helpful votes
This hike is gorgeous! It is also really, really hard and should not be taken lightly. My family enjoys hiking, does it often, and I would rank the 4 of us as fit for a middle age couple, and super fit for our 12 & 14 year old. We took a shuttle to the airport, had a nice meal, and hiked back to Avalon in 1 day. Distance 11.5 miles. The first ~6.5 miles are extremely hard - constant up and down w/ ~1700 feet of incline. The next ~2.5 miles were pleasant. At that point we took the road long, steep road down into town. Saw buffalo, a fox, hawks, squirrels, countless wildflowers. We went on a mild day (mid 60s) in March after the most rain in years, and it was green and lovely. Spectacular views everywhere you look! But again - this hike is very, very hard. If I would have truly known how hard it was, I probably would have done something else - we are hikers, but not particularly on a hiking vacation. So I am telling you the truth 😉 - there is no shade. There are almost no breaks, it is up and down nearly the whole way. If you do it, do the usual smart things - sunblock, water, solid footwear, etc. As a point of reference, my spouse and teenager recently hiked 72 miles on the High Sierra Trail, and they both thought this was very hard. We also all enjoyed it. Happy trails!! 🥾
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Tammy W wrote a review Sep 2018
Baltimore, Maryland2 contributions1 helpful vote
A quality backpacking trip for all, but especially for beginners who are a bit nervous about leaving civilization. Since you pass by Airport in the Sky and Two Harbors, you aren't all that far from civilization but out on the trail you feel like it! It's also nice to rent a kayak in Two Harbors. Since the island is mostly a preserve its quite pristine. Elevation gains are large but the views are worth it!
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Date of experience: December 2017
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BluewaterGypsy wrote a review Aug 2016
Avalon, California224 contributions51 helpful votes
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Easy 37.2 mile trail across Catalina. This trail has fantastic vista views along a well planned out rolling path. Camping is situated every 8-10 miles. Plan a head and reserve space. Watch out for vechiles traveling the same roads in many places. Slow done and move over or get dusted. Bring plenty of water. It is hot and dry desert like on the trail with few places to refill your water supply. Consult Catalinaconservancy.org for detailed conditions and permits.
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Date of experience: August 2016
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