Catalina Island Camping

The only campground in the city of Avalon on Catalina Island is Hermit Gulch. The campground is located a mile from the center of town on Avalon Canyon Road just before the Botanical Gardens. For hikers, the adjacent Hermit Gulch Trail provides a single-track ascent to the Trans-Catalina Trail on the ridgeline above Avalon.

The campground is made up of 43 sites, each with its own picnic table. Charcoal, propane, and ice can be purchased from the campground host (wood fires are not permitted). Flush toilets and coin-operated showers are provided.

Hermit Gulch Catalina Avalon Campground
Hermit Gulch

Hermit Gulch charges per camper (and not per camp site). The price is $21 per person for adults and $12 per child. Hermit Gulch has several sites with platform tents in place for those who would rather not lug there tent out to the island. These tents may be reserved for $50 per night depending on the season (as of January, 2013). Stoves, sleeping bags, and tents can also be rented for a fee. See the Hermit Gulch Campground webpage to determine the cost of your visit. Reservations are required. To make one call 310-510-8368.

From the ferry launch in Avalon Harbor to the campground is a 1.5-mile walk over level paved roads. Taxis and shuttles are also available. For other lodging options and activities in Avalon, visit tripadvisor.com.

To get to the campground: Take a ferry 22-miles across the Pacific to the city of Avalon on Catalina Island. Walk through town and up Avalon Canyon Road. Hermit Gulch Campground is on the right side of the road after one mile.

Campground address: Avalon Canyon Road, Avalon, CA 90704
Campground coordinates: 33.328025, -118.339521 (33° 19′ 40.88″N 118° 20′ 22.27″W)

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Nearby Trails
Catalina Island HikieHermit Gulch Trail Trans-Catalina Trail Loop
This 11.75-mile hike over the ridges above Avalon offers amazing ocean views, in two directions at times, as well as a look at the pristine interior of the island.

10 Comments on Hermit Gulch Campground on Santa Catalina Island

  1. Jen Robinson says:

    My little sisters are graduating from high school and we were thinking about taking them camping at Hermit Gulch. There maybe 8 of us coming all of the family. Please give me a quote for two nights and three days at the end of July.

  2. leah says:

    Do you know at what time checkout from this campground is? And I’ve read several places that no wood fires are allowed, but others say the rangers sell wood. So what is it?

  3. hikespeak says:

    Hi Leah,
    There are grill stands, but I do not believe there are any fire rings. Your best bet is to give the campground a call to confirm and made a reservation at 310-510-8368. Have a great trip!

  4. amanda says:

    my dad will be there aug 1st to the 5th and wants too know if there’s any cots to rent please get back to me

    • Frank says:

      There are no wood fires at the campground as it is within the city limits and there is a no wood fire city ordinance. The other campgrounds on the island you are able to burn wood. There is a central fire ring avaliable to all patrons but again, the only burnable fuel sources allowed are charcoal and wax logs such as “duraflame” logs. The tent cabins have cots inside of them but the campground doesn’t provide cots avaliable to rent. ~The Ranger

  5. Frank says:

    Wood is not sold at this campground but it is included with some camping sites on the other campgrounds located on the island. Checkout time is at 11am. Little known fact, there is a “Baggage Service” located at the boat landing that will drive your luggage up to the campground for you so you do not have to hike it up the hill or take a cab. I would recommend paying the $9 round trip fee to have your bags brought up and to be brought down to the boat terminal upon your departure. Any other questions please feel free to ask or checkout the website. ~The Ranger

  6. Megan says:

    Hi, we were wondering if we could set up 2 tents on one camp site. Or, since they charge per person anyway, should we make 2 reservations? I see that we should try to get there early in order to get 2 sites next to each other. Thanks for any help you can give.

  7. Will says:

    Hey I just had a question. Are there permits for hiking thru up and down Catalina for backpacking?

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