The Catalina Island Conservancy, which is one of the oldest land trusts of the island, is celebrating the completion of its Trekking Catalina program. This new set of trails stretches over 27 miles and is currently one of the biggest hiking trail networks in Catalina Island. It will serve alongside the Trans-Catalina Trail that was completed back in 2009. The Conservancy will now offer the visitors with about 165 miles of hiking trails and roads to explore the rich biodiversity of the island. Moreover, it will also aid in extending the various Catalina Island packages offered to the visitors.
The Conservancy has collaborated with REI and outdoor outfitter and craft brewery Brouwerij West for celebrating the successful completion of Trekking Catalina. Tony Budrovich, President and CEO of the Catalina Island Conservancy said, “With new signs, a greatly improved trails map, and waterless restrooms, Trekking Catalina will make the Island a world-class destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Trekking Catalina gives hikers, even more, opportunities to explore the Island’s wildlands, experience nature and see California as it once was – wild and free.”
The trails also have much better access points at Avalon and Two Harbors. Officials said that there are many restrooms located along the trails, which are currently under construction. This will allow visitors to take breaks during their trekking and hiking activities. Besides that, the trailhead will also feature signs and directions that aid in navigating the trails. The Conservancy has also sought the help of the Conservation Corps of Long Beach and the Student Conservation Association for building the new trails.
The new maps of the Trekking Catalina trails will be made available for the visitors by the second week of September at the Conservancy House located in downtown Avalon. The Conservancy’s successful completion of the Trekking Catalina trails is another important achievement in its strategic master plan and vision for the island.