Mountain biking on Santa Catalina Island is a must-do for avid bikers. The dirt roads of the island interior offer challenging biking and awesome views. Trails range from novice to advanced level, with sturdy mountain bikes and helmets required. Permits are required to ride on land owned by the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy. Rental equipment is available.
Non-permitted biking is allowed within the City of Avalon and the village of Two Harbors. Bike permits are required to ride into the interior of the island and are a benefit of membership with the Catalina Island Conservancy. Memberships start at $35 per year and may be obtained at the Conservancy's Office in Avalon, located at 125 Clarissa Avenue from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily (may close for lunch). Permits are also available at Catalina's Airport-in-the-Sky (310-510-0143) and Two Harbors Visitors Services (310-510-4205) during regular hours of operation.
Due to the Island’s rugged interior, mountain bikes with all terrain knobby tires are required and riders must wear helmets that meet the safety standards set by either the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or Snell Memorial Foundation.
Some of the cross-channel passenger carriers will transport bicycles for a fee with advance reservations. Bikes are permitted on the Safari Bus for a fee of $5 per bike.
Mountain Bike rentals are available at the Two Harbors Dive & Recreation Center. All rental bikes include a permit, map and helmet.
Half Day (2-4 hrs) $46
Daily (4+ hours) $59
Bikes must be returned by close of business day.