Trans-Catalina Trail

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Trans-Catalina Trail
Length38.5 mi (62.0 km)
LocationCalifornia, United States
Usebackpacking, hiking, trail running
Elevation change9,600 ft (2,900 m)
Highest point1,775 ft (541 m)
Lowest pointParson's Landing, 0 ft (0 m)
DifficultyModerate to strenuous

The Trans-Catalina Trail is a long-distance trail which traverses Santa Catalina Island off the coast of southern California. From the eastern terminus at The Trailhead in Avalon out to Parson's Landing on the West end, then looping back to Two Harbors, the trail's official length is listed as 38.5 miles (62.0 km).[1] Camping is allowed by permit from the Catalina Island Conservancy. There are five campgrounds along or near the trail: Hermit Gulch, Black Jack, Little Harbor, Two Harbors, and Parsons Landing. Hikers usually take between 2 and 5 days to complete the route.[2]


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  1. ^ Ward 2017, p. 15
  2. ^ Hazzard, Cris (2021-05-01). "Trans Catalina Trail (TCT) Hike Guide". Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  • Ward, Sam (2017). Plan & Go: Trans-Catalina & Backbone Trails. San Diego: sandiburg press. ISBN 978-1943126088.

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