As the oldest and largest private land trust in the state of California, the Catalina Island Conservancy opens its wildlands for the public to enjoy in many ways. Whether you are a hiker, biker, camper, boater, runner or an outdoor enthusiast, the Catalina Island Conservancy provides a wealth of recreational opportunities from mild to wild for all ages.
Camping is a wonderful way to enjoy Catalina Island’s rugged beauty. Several campsites can be found strategically situated along the Trans-Catalina Trail. If you are boater up for an adventure the Conservancy has 17 boat-in campsites at nine locations along the Channel side of the Island. To learn more about camping on Catalina, click HERE, then choose Hiking.
Cyclists on Catalina enjoy the fresh air and challenging twists and turns of the Island's 40 miles of trails and bike friendly roads (mostly unpaved). To ride your mountain bike through the Island’s interior, a Freewheeler Bike Pass is required, and is available through the purchase of a Conservancy membership starting at $35 (see details). To join now, click HERE.
Athletes flock to Catalina to enjoy distance events and there five challenging races in which to participate. These include the Catalina Island Eco-Marathon, the Catalina Island Triathlon, the Avalon 50-Mile Benefit Run, the Catalina Island Conservancy Half Marathon, and the Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon. The Conservancy is launching two distance events beginning in 2012 that will build on the long tradition of quality distance events on the Island. For more information and to register, click HERE.
The Trans-Catalina Trail is well marked here in Cape Canyon. Photo by Bob Rhein
Cyclists with off-road bikes, helmets and a Free Weheeler Bike Pass are always welcome on Conservancy Land. Photo by Bob Rhein
Racing on Catalina is one of the hardest yet rewarding runs you may ever do.