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Hiking and Walking
Explore More than 165 Miles of Trails
Catalina Island is made for exploring, with more than 165 miles of trails, from easy to difficult, waiting for you to discover. Eighty-eight percent of Catalina Island is within the Catalina Island Conservancy, one of the oldest private land trusts in Southern California. Many visitors enjoy exploring the 37.2-mile Trans Catalina Trail.
If hiking outside of Avalon, you'll need a hiking permit. You can get your permit, free of charge, online at the Catalina Island Conservancy, at the Conservancy House in Avalon, the Nature Center at Avalon Canyon, the Hermit Gulch campground office, Airport in the Sky, and Two Harbors Visitor Services.
For your safety, stay on designated trails and follow these recommended hiking tips:
- Hike in groups of three or more
- Dress appropriately
- Beware of wild animals and rattlesnakes
- Do not approach bison
- Take plenty of water