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A very challenging hike!

Catalina has very scenic vistas and very satisfactory campgrounds, but lack of shade and the the... read more

Reviewed July 2, 2019
Richard H
Los Angeles, California, United States
Amazing! But AMAZINGLY DIFFICULT - what I wished I had known.

Just returned from completing the trail on Mother's Day weekend 2019. I read quite a bit before we... read more

Reviewed May 17, 2019
Michele K
portland, United States
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Reviewed July 2, 2019

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...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed May 17, 2019

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...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed March 27, 2019 via mobile

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 &...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed September 17, 2018

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!...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Tammy W
Reviewed August 14, 2016

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...More

Date of experience: August 2016
6  Thank BluewaterGypsy
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...More

Date of experience: June 2016
6  Thank rachelw211
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...More

Date of experience: December 2015
3  Thank adcjones
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...More

Date of experience: November 2015
41  Thank Jeffrey P
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 .

Date of experience: November 2015
5  Thank NavyMarine1
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...More

Date of experience: October 2015
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