… This is a continuation of last weeks post about hiking on Catalina Island! Thank you to the Catalina Island Conservancy.
About Hiking on Catalina Island…
If you have only a little bit of time to explore the trails of Catalina, we highly recommend the Garden to Sky Hike, which starts at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. Note that admission is required for the garden. The Memorial Road that leads to the Divide Road, the first leg of the hike, is a comfortable incline that leads to a spectacular views on both sides of the Island.
You’ll need a hiking permit before you start out. You can obtain one online here or at the Conservancy Explore store in Avalon, Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, Nature Center at Avalon Canyon, Airport in the Sky, and Two Harbor Enterprises. For your safety, hiking permits are required by the Catalina Island Conservancy each time you take a hike into Catalina’s wildlands. This is so that you can be located in the event of an emergency, so be as specific as possible with the requested information. Get your permit now.
Explore Catalina with our NEW iPhone and Droid app
The new application offers a GPS driven map that allows the user to experience a guided walk to some of our most popular trails.* The bundled app costs $3.99, with a portion of your purchase going to support the Catalina Island Conservancy’s work to keep Catalina wildlands wild.
Works with iPhone (4.0+ of the iPhone Operating System), iPad, iPod Touch, and Android. While on your phone search for “Santa Catalina Island” in your iStore or Android Market.
*GPS function on trail depends on signal availability.
We Still Have Old School Hiking Maps, Too
There are five maps available for immediate download. An overall Island hiking map and specific area maps for the East End, West End, Windward Beachesand Airport hiking areas. The Conservancy also offers a hiking map for purchase at our Conservancy Explore store in Avalon.
If you have only a little bit of time to explore the trails of Catalina, we highly recommend the Garden to Sky Hike that starts at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. The Memorial Road that leads to the Divide Road, the first leg of the hike, is a comfortable incline that leads to a spectacular views on both sides of the Island. Be sure to get your hiking permit at the Nature Center or Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden before you begin your exploration.
Avoid carrying your camping gear by taking advantage of these transportation resources:
Catalina Backcountry offers one-stop shopping to groups that don’t want to be bothered with connecting all the dots. For a fee, Catalina Backcountry will arrange for all transportation to the Island, on-Island transportation, hiking permits and Freewheeler Bike Passes, campsite catering, gear hauling, excursions, hotel reservations, etc. Call 310/913-9036.
Provides links with the City of Avalon (via the Wildlands Express) with the village of Two Harbors, including stops at Little Harbor, Airport in the Sky, and the trailhead for Black Jack Junction. For more information and reservations call (310) 510-2800.
Wildlands Express Airport Shuttle
Provides transportation from Avalon to Haypress Picnic Ground, Black Jack Campground and the Airport in the Sky. For information and reservations call (310) 510-0143.
Provides transportation by sea to and from Avalon, Two Harbors and Parsons’ Landing. For information and reservations call (323) 447-4669.
Shore Boats are available from Two Harbors to Emerald Bay all year long. However charter reservations are required. To schedule a shore boat, call Two Harbors Harbor Department at (310) 510-4253.
Have a meal catered to your campsite:
DC-3 Gifts and Grill
Provides catered food delivered directly to campsites at Hermit Gulch, Black Jack, Little Harbor and Two Harbors. Call (310) 510-2196. Individual hikers can call ahead and order frozen Buffalo Chili, Buffalo Stew, or hamburger patties that can be picked up at the DC-3 Gifts and Grill. The Grill is always open for breakfast and lunch. Click here for a menu.