From the Editor’s Desk: Catalina Island Backcountry Adventure
I’ve lived in Southern California for the last 20 years and believe it or not, last month was the first time I’ve been to Catalina. My wife and I went on the Catalina Flyer off Newport Beach and it took us an hour to get to Avalon. Avalon is the main town in Catalina. It has your normal tourist souvenir shops and restaurants. As we were browsing around town, we chanced upon a Catalina Tourism booth and chatted with the friendly reps.
They gave us maps and things to do in Catalina beyond Avalon. There is a whole backcountry ready to be explored in its pristine beauty. My wife and I were very interested in learning more about this but not this time.
After we got back to the mainland, we researched about the campgrounds, hiking trails, and places to visit in the interior of the island. We mostly went to this website – http://catalinaconservancy.org. After we had our itinerary down, we scheduled our tour and these are the pictures we took:
As you can see from the photos, Catalina Conservancy (the group that manages 95% of the island) has done a great job in maintaining the wildness and ruggedness of the island. Los Angelenos do not need to go off to some exotic locale to experience nature’s best.
Next time we visit Catalina, we are planning to explore it by bike. I would also recommend you take the Catalina Express from Long Beach. It is a bigger boat and offers a much smoother ride so you don’t get seasick.
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