8 TRAVEL TIPS FOR HIKING THE TRANS CATALINA TRAIL
Recently I hiked the Trans Catalina Trail and shared my tips on KTLA News. I wanted to follow up with a concise travel guide including helpful links, tips and information for anyone interested in hiking it.
Catalina Island is located roughly 30 miles off the coast of California southwest from Long Beach. The island itself is 22 miles long and at most 8 miles wide. Previously, I shared 6 ADVENTUROUS THINGS TO DO IN CATALINA ISLAND, but by far, the most adventurous and rugged thing to do is hiking the Trans Catalina Trail.
The Trans Catalina Trail is 38.5 miles of hiking trails that go through the interior and along the coast of Catalina Island. Along the route hikers are taken through the island’s rugged interior, along its dramatic coastlines and to pristine beaches and campsites. I was fortunate enough to hike with my EXPLORE THIS co-host and adventure partner in crime KINGA PHILIPPS. Collectively the both of us have traveled and hiked all around the world. We agree that hiking the Trans Catalina Trail in our own backyard of Southern California is now one of our all-time favorite hiking adventures.
The most common way to get to Catalina Island and to the start of the Trans Catalina Trail is by the CATALINA EXPRESS. With three departure spots – Long Beach, San Pedro or Dana Point – this ferry takes passengers to either Avalon or Two Harbors in Catalina. One way General Seating costs $38 per person each way and Commodore Lounge access costs $58 per person each way. Commodore Lounge tickets provide priority check-in and boarding, a more intimate upper lounge and a complimentary beverage and snacks.