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TRAILHEAD INFORMATION
 


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TRAILHEAD

Your gateway for exploring and understanding Catalina’s wildlands
The Trailhead is the Catalina Island Conservancy’s new, more prominently located visitor center near the Cabrillo Mole boat landing in Avalon. The Trailhead will serve as a wildlands concierge, providing Catalina Island visitors and residents with information and opportunities to understand and explore the Island’s 42,000 acres of open space and 62 miles of rugged shoreline. 

Catalina visitors can start their adventure of a lifetime by booking popular Conservancy Eco Tours, which will take off from the Trailhead. Led by certified interpretive guides, these open-air vehicle tours offer the most informative, farthest-reaching and interactive excursions into Catalina’s wildlands. Riders are sure to take in magnificent views, spot wildlife and learn about Catalina’s natural and cultural history. For those just looking to hitch a ride to the Airport in the Sky or remote campgrounds, the Wildlands Express will also depart from the Trailhead offering a convenient way of getting around the Island. 

Visitors can also get maps, permits and other information they need to explore the 50 miles of biking trails and 165 miles of hiking opportunities on the Island’s recreational roads and trails. They can also learn about the Trans-Catalina Trail, a 38.5 mile trail that transverses the Island offering hikers magnificent ocean and landscape views and the chance to spot bison, native foxes and other wildlife.

Adventure can be found in Avalon as well! Just a short walk from the Trailhead, visitors can marvel at the Wrigley Memorial’s famed Catalina tile and stunning views and visit the adjacent Botanic Garden to wonder at the collection of rare Channel Island plant species. On the way, visitors can stop at the Conservancy’s Nature Center and take a deeper dive into the Island’s natural history with engaging, self-guided exhibits. 

The Trailhead provides enriching, life-long learning opportunities 
Interpretive exhibits and the naturalist-trained staff at The Trailhead can answer visitors’ questions about all that the wildlands have to offer, the Island’s history, its unique ecology and the 60+ endemic species found nowhere else in the world. 

The Trailhead also will be a site for lectures, exhibitions and educational programs. The Conservancy aims to enrich the Catalina experience for visitors and residents by teaching about the uniqueness of the Island’s ecosystem. Through education, the Conservancy is preparing students of all ages to be future stewards of Catalina Island and indeed, the world.      

The Trailhead enhances ecotourism on Catalina Island
With ecotourism on the rise, Catalina offers one of the nation’s most easily accessible destinations since the Island is just an hour-long boat ride from one of the country’s most populated regions, Southern California. 

As part of Los Angeles County’s Regional Park System, the 42,000 acres of open space on Catalina and the Island’s 62 miles of rugged shoreline under the Conservancy’s stewardship offer sustainable adventures from mild to wild – whether you’re a hiker, bicyclist, camper, runner or nature enthusiast.

Visitors can get involved by joining in the Conservancy’s volunteer opportunities or by becoming a member! By volunteering or becoming a Conservancy member, visitors can enjoy the satisfaction of being an integral part of restoring and preserving the Island for future generations to enjoy.

The Trailhead is a model of sustainability 
The Trailhead is a model for sustainability as Avalon’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building, featuring a rooftop garden with native plants, a rainwater collection system, a photovoltaic system on roof surfaces and saltwater flush toilets. LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. It honors healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings and is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. 

In addition, the 9,000+-square-foot facility will feature meeting rooms for groups, gallery space, a restaurant- Toyon Grill by Bluewater, mission-related retail and a roof deck with expansive views of the harbor. 

Just over $1 million dollars is still needed to fund the Trailhead. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Chief Development Officer, Suzy Gardner.
 

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