Los Angeles: East Island Loop

Escape the city's bustle by leaving the mainland. This 10.4-mile loop explores the crowd-free hills and beautiful gardens of Santa Catalina Island.
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Escape the city's bustle by leaving the mainland. This 10.4-mile loop explores the crowd-free hills and beautiful gardens of Santa Catalina Island.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 16.7

Waypoints

EIL001

Location: 33.3436546325684, -118.321357727051

Hop off ferry in Avalon Bay; pick up free hiking permit @ Santa Catalina Conservancy House, 125 Claressa Ave. Then head SE on Pebbly Beach Rd., around Abalone Point. Near power plant, turn R onto Wrigley Rd.

EIL002

Location: 33.3372764587402, -118.313980102539

Trailhead: L @ Y going uphill on Renton Mine Rd. Trail

EIL003

Location: 33.3264579772949, -118.318084716797

Cross jeep road and continue S over small knoll striped with the Merlot-red bark of Catalina manzanita

EIL004

Location: 33.3176002502441, -118.317054748535

Outlooks from East Mtn. (1,563 ft.) serve up stunning vantages W to San Clemente Island and E over Gulf of Santa Catalina to the South Coast

EIL005

Location: 33.3159523010254, -118.331169128418

Follow spine of ridge peppered with clusters of toyon trees sagging with red berries; East Peak protrudes .5 mi. to S

EIL006

Location: 33.3179092407227, -118.345245361328

Long views of the Pacifi c and entire island; ahead, cross road

EIL007

Location: 33.3233985900879, -118.349800109863

Veer R and descend switchbacks

EIL008

Location: 33.3239517211914, -118.342102050781

Trail leads to '30s mansion and botanical gardens. Stellar views of Avalon Bay. To continue, head N on Avalon Canyon Rd.

EIL009

Location: 33.3285675048828, -118.339233398438

Optional: Camp under trees @ Hermit Gulch (only spot @ this end of island)

EIL010

Location: 33.3346900939941, -118.333023071289

Continue N back to Avalon Bay to ferry dock