Please note that wildlife on Catalina Island, as in all wildlands,The new application offers a GPS driven map that allows the user to experience a guided walk to some of our most popular trails.* The bundled app costs $3.99, with a portion of your purchase going to support the Catalina Island Conservancy's work to keep Catalina wildlands wild.
can cause serious injury and even death. Please do not approach
or harass wildlife and always maintain a safe distance.
Explore Catalina with our iPhone and Droid app!
Works with iPhone (4.0+ of the iPhone Operating System), iPad, iPod Touch, and Android. While on your phone search for "Santa Catalina Island" in your iStore or Android Market.
Get your free hiking permit online, click here.
*GPS function on trail depends on signal availability.
We Still Have “Old School” Hiking Maps Too
BIKE PASSES/CYCLING AREAS
For the safety of hikers, and the enjoyment of cyclists, bikes are permitted on about eight miles of the Trans-Catalina Trail – from along Renton Mine Road, East End Road and Divide Road to Dakin Peak (the microwave tower) on the East End. However, there are nearly 50 miles of dirt roads and nearly 9 miles of paved roads in the interior for mountain bikers to enjoy. Conservancy “Freewheeler” Bike Passes, which include the added benefits of Conservancy membership, can be purchased at Conservancy House in Avalon, the Airport in the Sky and the Visitor’s Center in Two Harbors. Call (310) 510-2595 ext. 100 for more information. Become a Member Now! (includes your Freewheeler Bike Pass) Click here.
Hiking permits are required for all hikers and cyclists who venture into the interior. Hiking permits are free and can be picked up at Conservancy House in Avalon, the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, Nature Center at Avalon Canyon, the Airport in the Sky, and the Visitor’s Center at Two Harbors. Call (310) 510-2595 ext. 100 for more information.
Make all camping reservations through the Santa Catalina Island Company or call: 310-510-8368.
For Your Convenience when Camping
Come to the Island prepared. Catalina has many resources, but unlike the mainland, Island resources are limited. Transportation, lodging, food and other necessities that we take for granted, must be planned well in advance. Here is a comprehensive list of resources for hikers who want to venture out into Catalina’s interior. Please visit these sites and make your arrangements before you start your Island adventure.
Dogs are required to be on-leash at all times while on Conservancy property. Please review our Cautions and Policies page
Avoid carrying your camping gear by taking advantage of these transportation resources:
Catalina Backcountry offers one-stop shopping to groups that don’t want to be bothered with connecting all the dots. For a fee, Catalina Backcountry will arrange for all transportation to the Island, on-Island transportation, hiking permits and Freewheeler Bike Passes, campsite catering, gear hauling, excursions, hotel reservations, etc.
Island transportation services:
Provides links with the City of Avalon (via the Wildlands Express) with the village of Two Harbors, including stops at Little Harbor, Airport in the Sky, and the trailhead for Black Jack Junction. For more information and reservations call (310) 510-2800.
Wildlands Express Airport Shuttle
Provides transportation from Avalon to Haypress Picnic Ground, Black Jack Campground and the Airport in the Sky. For information and reservations call (310) 510-0143.
Provides transportation by sea to and from Avalon, Two Harbors and Parsons Landing. For information and reservations call (323) 447-4669.
Shore Boats are available from Two Harbors to Emerald Bay all year long. However charter reservations are required. To schedule a shore boat, call Two Harbors Harbor Department at (310) 510-4253.
Get the resources you need during your hike:
DC-3 Gifts and Grill
The campers' and hikers' resource! We are just minutes from the Trans Catalina Trail at the Airport in the Sky and are open every day of the year for breakfast and lunch. Stop in for snacks, drinks, supplies, Catalina souvenirs, a rest on the patio or by the fireplace or just to use the restroom. Individual hikers or small groups can call ahead to work with our Grill Crew to plan the perfect meal that can be picked up at the DC-3 Gifts & Grill for you to cook at your next campsite. Food can be delivered directly to campsites at Black Jack and Little Harbor for groups of 20 or more. Call (310) 510-2196.
How to Get to Catalina Island