The rarest endemic on the island is the Catalina Mahogany. There are only seven trees of its type.
Walk On the Wild Side
Avalon and Santa Catalina Island are made for exploring. From Avalon, miles of back roads and trails are available for you to discover. There are trails for every ability level, each offering fabulous views of rolling hills and endless ocean.
88% of Catalina Island is within the Catalina Island Conservancy, one of the oldest private land trusts in So. Cal. Many visitors enjoy exploring the 37.2 miles of the Trans Catalina Trail. If hiking outside of Avalon, hiking permits are required. Your free hiking permit can be obatined online at the Catalina Island Conservancy, at the Conservancy House in Avalon, the Nature Center at Avalon Canyon, the Hermit Gulch campground office, Airport in the Sky or Two Harbors Visitor Services.
For your safety, stay on the designated trails and follow these recommended hiking procedures:
- Hike in groups of three or more
- Dress appropriately
- Beware of wild animals and rattlesnakes
- Do not approach bison
- Take plenty of water