I moved to Southern California about 6 months before posting this, and until a few weeks ago, taking a trip to Catalina Island never really piqued my interest. Most people I had mentioned Catalina Island to said things like “Oh it’s just a little tourist town. There’s not much to see.” and “You probably wouldn’t have much fun there.” It’s no stretch to assume that they were talking about Avalon, the population center and main tourist draw of Catalina Island. You may even be familiar with photos of the harbor there, which you can see in someone else’s photo at here.
Every once in a while I’d see Catalina off in the distance, and see how big and mountainous it was but it wasn’t until I heard an ad for a free boat ride to Catalina Island for your birthday that I decided to look into it more. Through a bit of Googling, I learned two interesting things. One was that you could hike and camp on the “interior” of the island. The other was that you didn’t even have to take a boat to Avalon. In fact you could get off the boat at Two Harbors, which is a tiny village consisting of well, 2 harbors, 1 store, 1 restaurant / bar, and a couple places to rent recreational equipment.
So, on my birthday morning I took the boat to Two Harbors, and, for the first time about 13 years, hiked with a tent and sleeping bag on my back, and set up camp at Little Harbor, miles from civilization. The weather was either overcast or downright foggy most of the time, so the photo opportunities weren’t great, but it was very interesting, and I saw the Catalina Island that not many people know about.
On the hike back I really took it slow, keeping in mind that I’d probably never be there again. But I won’t forget it any time soon.
Not sure what the chain under the pier in Two Harbors is for
As the fog cleared, the view of the ocean from the Trans Catalina Trail became apparent
The Trans Catalina Trail is lined with broken down and collapsed fences
Even with the gray skies the rocky cove in Little Harbor was fascinating
I spent some peaceful time alone at night overlooking the same cove at Little Harbor
How this International Harvester wagon got next to the hiking trail is beyond me
I kicked my shoes off and laid on a bench when I got back to Two Harbors - and this was my view