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 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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|Hermit 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.