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Hermit Gulch Campground
Hermit Gulch Campground is Avalon’s only camping facility located within city limits. The campground is situated in Avalon Canyon near the Nature Center and the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden. At the back of the campground, you can find the trailhead for the 38.5 mile Trans-Catalina Trail.
The campground offers a nice view of the surrounding hills that are home to a wide variety of endemic plant and animal species. Hermit Gulch Trail is accessible from the campground, and there's access to other hiking trails nearby.
Hermit Gulch is great for first-timers and experienced campers alike. Being so close to town allows easy access to groceries, shopping, restaurants, tours, sight seeing and nightlife.
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Hiking the Trans-Catalina Trail?
Directions to Campground
Hermit Gulch Campground is located uphill on Avalon Canyon Road just 1.5 miles from the Avalon boat landing.
The campground can be reached either by foot on the paved road, via Avalon Transportation Services taxi service (310) 510-0025 or Avalon Transit's Garbaldi Bus. The Garibaldi Bus Service operates daily from 8 am to 6 pm. Baggage service and lockers are available from Avalon Blue Line Baggage Service.
Camping Fees (per person per night)
|Adult||Child (2-11)||Tent Cabin|
|Summer Rates (March 1 - October 31)||$31 per night||$22 per night||$76 per night|
|Winter Rates (November 1 - February 28)||$29 per night||$20 per night||$66 per night|
|Holiday Rates (3 night minimum)||$32 per night||$23 per night||$86 per night|
*Weekends have a 2 night minimum from May 1 to October 31. Holidays have a 3 night minimum. Holidays include Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. (Two-night minimum requirement is waived on all tent sites if hiking the Trans Catalina Trail). Trans-Catalina Trail campsite reservations can be made by called 310-510-4205.
Number of Sites
- 6 tent cabins for up to six people
- 3 tent cabins for up to three people
- 40 tent sites
Tent Cabins include cots, a lantern and propane stove with one full canister of propane provided upon check-in. For tent cabins, the per person per night camping fee is charged in addition to the tent cabin per night rate. Tent cabins have an additional 12% occupancy tax.
Hermit Gulch camping reservations are required. To make a reservation online click on Book Now or to make reservations by phone please call 310.510.4205, available Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm. By making a reservation online or over the phone you are reserving either a campsite or a tent cabin.
For group reservations of 20 or more, call 310.510.4242, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Policies & Features
Check in begins at 2:00 pm and Check-out at 11:00 am.
Lockers and baggage storage are available at the Avalon boat landing.
An on-site ranger is available Thursday - Sunday between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hermit Gulch offers tent cabins which consist of a wooden platform with a canvas tent on top. Each cabin has either three or six army cots inside and comes with a 2 burner propane stove and a lantern. Our tent sites and tent cabins have a picnic table and charcoal BBQ on site. If renting a tent site, please bring a tent and sleeping bag.
Charcoal and Duraflame logs are available at the Hermit Gulch Campground Ranger Station and Chet’s Hardware Store. Propane is available by pre-order at 310.510.4205, at Chets Hardware, or at the Conservancy Trailhead.
- Picnic Tables & BBQ Stands at each campsite and tent cabin.
- Lighted restrooms with flush toilets
- Outdoor kitchen style sinks
- Potable Water
****We encourage campers to purchase bottled water from the store prior to arriving at the campground. VONS grocery is located on Sumner Ave.
- Coin operated showers: Quarters only.
- Quarter Operated Lockers: Height: 17"H x 12"W x 17"D (Quarters only)
- Soda/Beverage Vending Machine
Personal camping equipment is highly recommended.
Hermit Gulch operates a small camp store. Offering sundries, water, propane (3.5 oz & 8 oz.), ice cream, sodas, chips, sunblock, batteries, lanterns, first aid kits, camping gear, Hermit Gulch t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and stuffies (bison & garabaldi). Closed on Wednesdays. Open until 5 pm.
Please click for a complete list of Hermit Gulch Campground Rules.
*Please Note: Avalon City Fire Code prohibits wood fires. Wax logs (Duraflame) and charcoal only.
***Due to fragile tree systems, absolutely NO HAMMOCKS ALLOWED at Hermit Gulch.
Sorry, no pets.
Hermit Gulch camping reservations are required. Please note that your campsite will be assigned upon reservation. Please refer to your confirmation email for site assignment. For reservations or if you have any questions pertaining to your site or reservation, please call Two Harbors Visitor Service Center at 310.510.4205. For groups of 20 or more, please call 310.510.4242.
2 night minimum stay is required for weekends, and 3 night minimum for holidays.
Hiking the Trans-Catalina Trail? You can waive this requirement by calling the Two Harbor's Visitor Center at 310.510.4205.
Full refund for reservations canceled 72 hours in advance of arrival date.
Group Cancellation Policy
All group reservations canceled 30 days in advance will receive a full refund.
If Catalina Island is experiencing adverse weather there is a possibility of trail, road, and campground closures. High winds could result in possible Catalina Express ferry boat cancellations. Please watch the weather. Call the Two Harbors Visitor Service Center for updates on closures, 310.510.4205.
Reviews of Hermit Gulch Campground
Campers love Hermit Gulch. Here are some of our comment cards.
Regina made our stay so wonderful. She was very welcoming and helpful, including the first night, when my 6-year old son and I realized we didn't bring the correct sticks to keep our tent up. This was the second time at Hermit and we look forward to the next one. -Jordi O.
What an amazing stay. Excellent campground and facilities. Regina was so helpful and personable. Thank you so much for all the great information and conservations. We (heart) Hermit Gulch -Alon & Jeanette B.
Regina was amazing. The campsite was awesome. We rented the tent cabin and could not have been happier. Thank you so much. -William S.
Regina was so warm and welcoming. She helped guide me to resources to make my island visit special. - Paul E.
We had a really grea time. Thank you for keeping everything so clean. We'll be back. -Andrew & Sarah