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Trans-Catalina Trail: Avalon to Black Jack Camp

Avalon, California



14.02 miles

Elevation Gain

3415 ft

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The Trans-Catalina Trail, stretching from Avalon to Black Jack Camp, is a challenging yet rewarding hike in California. Spanning approximately 14.02 miles, this trail offers a variety of terrain, from steep inclines to flat stretches. The trail is known for its panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the island's interior. The trail begins in the town of Avalon, where hikers can access the trailhead near the Hermit Gulch Campground. The trail then ascends, offering views of Avalon and the harbor. The trail continues through the island's interior, where hikers can observe the unique flora and fauna of Catalina Island. Black Jack Camp, the endpoint of this trail section, offers camping facilities for overnight stays. Hikers should note that a permit is required for camping. As for hiking tips, it's recommended to start early to avoid the heat and to bring plenty of water and sun protection. Despite its challenges, the Trans-Catalina Trail offers a unique hiking experience with its diverse landscapes and stunning views.
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