E.g., 06/22/2018

Trans-Catalina Expedition

If you're interested in experiencing Catalina Island in a powerful, adventurous and unique way then this backpacking trip is for you! Join us on beautiful Catalina Island as we hike across the rugged interior and camp next to pristine beaches. Covering 37.2 miles in 4 days you will transverse the island starting at the Renton Mine trailhead near Avalon and finish at Starlight Beach on the West End of Catalina Island. Hikers will spend 3 nights camping at different locations along the trail and end the trip with a concert and open bar at Parsons Landing. All meals will be provided (catered breakfast and dinners at the campsites and sack lunch for the daily hike). 
Day 1
You will depart Long Beach at 6 am on the Catalina Express ferry. Enjoy a relaxing ferry ride across the channel. Arriving in Avalon around 7:15 am you will be greeted by our hiking guides and start the walk out to the trailhead. There will be a short orientation from the guides, breakfast will be provided and hikers will receive their sack lunches. All gear will be loaded into the vehicles and then you will start your 37 mile journey. Hikers will travel 14 miles on the first day from Avalon to Black Jack Campground. A catered dinner will be provided and all gear will be waiting. 
Day 2
Rise and shine to a catered breakfast, pack your gear, and fill up the water bottles. Hikers will hit the trail around 8 am and head to our next stop in Two Harbors, a 12-mile hike. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to experience some of the island's wildlife. Sightings of Bison, the Catalina Island Fox, and Bald Eagles are common along this stretch of the trail, so have your cameras ready. Campers will stop along the way (7 miles) for lunch at Little Harbor before continuing onto the final stop of Two Harbors. Gear and a BBQ dinner will be waiting for you. 
Day 3
Hikers will depart Two Harbors early for what will be the last leg of the journey, 11.2 miles to Starlight Beach and the back to Parsons Landing for the last evening of camping. After completing the last leg of this amazing trip all participants will be treated to an acoustic concert with open bar and a BBQ dinner at Parsons Landing.
Day 4
After finishing your catered breakfast, guests will have the option of hiking back to Two Harbors or catching a ride in one of our guest shuttles. Upon arriving in Two Harbors, hikers will board the Cyclone Speed Boat and enjoy a 30 minute, adrenaline ride back to Avalon along 14 miles of pristine Catalian Island coastline. 
Package Includes:
  • Roundtrip transportation on the Catalina Express from Long Beach to Avalon
  • Camping fees for 3 nights - Black Jack, Two Harbors Campground, Parsons Landing
  • Gear haul services between each campground 
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and water for all 4 days (final day is breakfast and lunch only)
  • Transportation on the Cyclone from Two Harbors to Avalon on the final day
  • Hiking guides and support vehicles 
  • 3 hour open bar (beer and wine) with music on the final evening 
  • Souvenir Medal for completion of the trail 

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Friday, June 2, 2017 to Monday, June 5, 2017


Friday, June 2, 5:30 am to Monday, June 5, 4:30 pm


Avalon, CA 90704
United States



The Black Jack Campground is nestled among pine and eucalyptus trees near Mt. Orizaba. At 2,097-feet, it’s Santa Catalina Island’s highest peak. At 1,600 feet above sea level, the facility provides eleven campsites with sweeping views of rolling terrain to the ocean.

Parsons Landing

The Parsons Landing Campground is a secluded beach camping site located seven miles west of the village of Two Harbors. The eight primitive campsites accommodate up to eight people each and are accessible only via a moderately difficult hike or kayak trip.

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