Catalina Island

December 2015

I have been wanting to take a backpacking trip for as long as I can remember. Finally, I was able to talk Doug and Gheorge into joining me and hiking the Trans-Catalina Trail. Officially it's 37.2 miles long. However, that's from Avalon to Starlight Beach. You still have to hike back from Starlight Beach to Two Harbors in order to leave the island. So, in total, it was 54 miles of hiking. We went between Christmas and Thanksgiving and it felt like we had the island to ourselves. It was beautiful and all that I had hoped.

Catalina Island, USA
4 days, 3 nights

  • Trans-Catalina Trail
  • Camping
  • Fuji x100s
  • iPhone 6S
Dec

Catalina Island

2015
Catalina Island

Catalina Island is part of the Channel Islands just off the coast of Los Angeles.

Catalina Island

Day 1: Avalon to Black Jack

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Three intrepid travelers ready to start hiking after filling up at the Pancake Cottage.

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Looking back at where we started.

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It may have been December, but it was hot.

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That 100 yard stare that only comes after hiking 17 miles and then patiently waiting the required 20 minutes for the hot water to do its thing with your freeze dried chana masala.

Day 2: Two Harbors

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05 Looking back from the Banning House road as we started descending into Two Harbors.

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Day 3: Parsons Landing to Starlight Beach

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Sunrise at Two Harbors campground.

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Starlight Beach. The end of the Trans-Catalina Trail!

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Looking north towards Starlight Beach.

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Trying to make it back to camp before the sun sets.

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Sunset from a bench on Parsons Landing.

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Day 4: Return to Two Harbors

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We hit the trail before sunrise so we could get to Two Harbors in time for the first ferry.

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Gheorge hiking up the Fenceline Road.

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The top of the last hill. It's all downhill from here!