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Address: Renton Mine Road, Catalina Island, CA
Phone Number: 310.510.2595
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The Trans-Catalina Trail stretches 37.2 miles from the Renton Mine...

The Trans-Catalina Trail stretches 37.2 miles from the Renton Mine Trailhead on the East End to Starlight Beach on the West End. It winds up hills and down valleys offering spectacular views across the 43,000-acre Nature Preserve of the Catalina Island Conservancy known as Catalina's wildlands. The picture is of Parsons Landing.

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Views,Wild Life,Sand,Surf All Across Catalina

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

We attempted to backpack the section of the trail from Two Harbors to Parson's Landing. So we were doing this with 35-40 lb backpacks--I'm sure it's easier with day packs, but even without this trail is STEEP. This section of the trail was marked as "moderately strenuous", but it was extremely difficult and mislabeled. We are from Denver, hike a... More 

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Thank Rachel S
Indianapolis
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

My wife and I have never hiked. We hiked a portion of this trail during our stay in Two Harbors. Some parts were rough, but not impossible. We are not in shape, either. We did the leg from Goat Whisker's Trail end to Goat Whisker's Trail beginning including the Goat Whisker Trail. This hike shows on papers to be about... More 

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Orange County, California
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

First-off, a caveat and some revealed biases. As a So. Cal. resident, I love Catalina and have been out there about 3-4 times per year for the past 25 years, so I know it extremely well. Whether by boat, kayak, bus, foot, or any other conceivable means, I have traversed all parts of the island, and highly recommend it to... More 

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San Dimas, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

My wife and I Biked to the "Parsons Landing" ( About 14 miles R/T ) , and the ride was 100% pleasurable . If we can do it... anybody can . The ocean views all the way was beautiful .

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San Francisco, California
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

First obtain a permit for the "Wrigley Memorial to Renton Mine Hike" from the Catalina Conservancy in person at 125 Clarissa Av Avalon, CA. I walked up Wrigley road to the East End Light Road where the Trans Catalina Trail begins. The East End Light Road is a dirt road, and is used by one of the tour companies for... More 

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south gate
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

My sister and i did 12mi, from Haypress to Little Harbor camping at Blackjack and then Little Harbor. Beautiful. On the beach. This was the most difficult hike i've ever done. All ups and downs. No switchbacks. No shade and we did it in early November. The island is very dry now. very scrubby and parched. Do not attempt this... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

Hiked to the top of the ridge from a beach and back down. Great views (if you're not in the clouds) and a good chance of seeing deer or buffalo.

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Thousand Oaks, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We hiked the trail from Avalon to Two Harbors, spending the first night at Blackjack campground. The last ascent into the camp was a killer! We saw deer, fox, and bison while on the trail. The mile markers and trail signs are fairly new and easy enough to follow. I needed all 3 litters of water each day, refilling at... More 

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Chico, California
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93 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I'm a runner, and whenever I travel I always scope out the best places to run. Our cruise ship had a stop in Catalina for the day so I was excited to check out the Trans-Catalina Trail. I was not disappointed. I was a little worried about taking a wrong turn and getting lost, but the trail was well marked.... More 

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