Hermit Gulch Trail Loop

Hermit Gulch Trail Loop, Avalon: Address, Hermit Gulch Trail Loop Reviews: 4.5/5

Hermit Gulch Trail Loop
4.5

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The-Traveling-Snail
San Diego, CA83 contributions
Greta Views
Aug 2021
Rolling hills, birds flying, lizards scampering across the trail, and a light breeze coming off the ocean. I nicer hike is hard to find.
Written August 10, 2021
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Meredith B
2 contributions
Hot but a good workout!
Aug 2021
I did the loop twice: once through the Hermit Gulch campsite and the other through the botanical gardens. I came across a fox family, deer, and no rattlesnakes!
Written August 6, 2021
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Monique S
Big Bear Lake, CA32 contributions
Views views views!
Oct 2019 • Family
The single track out of the campground leads you through the gulch to beautiful views of Avalon. The day we went was in the mid 70s, but felt hot on the trail. Treat it like a hike, bring water, etc.
If you feel like a challenge, when you get to the top, turn right on the road. Just around the bend, turn onto Lone Tree Road. This leads you over some STEEP rollers to an incredible viewpoint. The other side of the island is pristine, no development in sight.
Written October 17, 2019
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ccook
8 contributions
Great to be back~
Sep 2019
It was the perfect day for the hike. It took me 30 minutes to get to the trailhead by foot from the Hotel Atwater. Then 40 minutes up. This is a great workout with views views views!!!
Written October 2, 2019
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Desiree Niemasz
19 contributions
What a hike!!!
Jul 2019 • Couples
This challenging hike is worth every uphill step to the top for beautiful views of both sides of the island.
Written August 3, 2019
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Chester B
Kuwait City, Kuwait4 contributions
Beautiful Tranquility
Mar 2019
Truly one of the most beautiful and tranquil places with majestic nature and city view photo opportunities. Watch your step; it is nature, and, be respectful of the landscape. March is a not very crowded and thus a good time to enjoy the island and town without the crowds. I highly recommend it.
Written July 3, 2019
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John S
Kingsport, TN25 contributions
Delightful Hike
Jul 2019 • Family
We hiked from the Botanic Garden to the top, and then down this gulch loop back to Avalon. Very pleasant time. Going up was a jeep trail, but the way down was a footpath. It took about three hours. Not difficult, but wear good footwear.
Written July 1, 2019
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Mike
Newport Beach, CA1,048 contributions
Wonderful views
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is a rigerous hike, so remember to take water and wear a hat and sunglasses. Don't forget sunscreen because it can get hot. Views are great.
Written June 23, 2019
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Stephanie C
Vista, CA7 contributions
Enjoyable, challenging family hike
Mar 2019 • Family
My family enjoys hiking and does it often. Our kids are 12 & 14. Don’t underestimate the difficulty of this hike - the 2 miles up does not have any breaks, downhills or flat parts. It’s beautiful, though! The views are stunning, and you feel like you are a million miles away.

Dress for a hike - wear hiking boots and take plenty of water. The 2 miles down the far side of the loop is a pleasant walk- no slipping or sliding. I definitely recommend this hike, but go prepared.

We met a very fit couple at the top who had come off a cruise boat without water or hiking gear and was definitely feeling it. Luckily we had some extra to share, but you won’t enjoy this hike without water, snacks and sunscreen because there is virtually no shade.

Final note: we did not see any buffalo on this hike - apparently this isn’t the part of the island they prefer to hang out on, so you probably won’t, either.
Written March 27, 2019
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LegalGypsy
Oklahoma City, OK82 contributions
Wonderful views
Dec 2018 • Solo
This trail had views the entire walk. The first part is all switchbacks, but take your time and pause to look around. Once you reach the summit, you’ll have near 180 degree views. Well worth the small amount of effort. I definitely recommend this one.
Written December 29, 2018
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