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Parsons Beach Trail

Views of Parsons Beach below and the Channel in the distance

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 0.4 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour

Overview :  While a relatively "short" hike this is a tough trail to get to, and to do, especially if it comes at the end of your exploration of... more »

Tips:  Obtain your Hiking Permit online. Also, be sure to review Cautions and Policies before heading out on your adventure.

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

Just a few miles west of Two Harbors, you can veer off the Trans Catalina Trail and onto the Parson's Beach trail. Or, if you kayak over, you can do the reverse and hike up to the Trans Catalina Trail. Either way, you'll be greeted with a wonderful challenge and spectacular views.

Obtain your Hiking Permit online. Also, be sure to review ... More

2. Parsons Beach

This is the furthest west you can camp on Catalina and the beach here is remote, with several campsites to choose from. It’s typically breezy here by day and calm in the late afternoon and evening. Regardless, having a light windbreaker on hand wouldn’t be a bad idea.

3. Narrow-leaf milkweed

This trail goes through some great stands of native grasses. Most of the grasslands in California are unfortunately non-native annual grasses from the Mediterranean region, but Catalina has some fairly dense stands of native bunchgrass. Also growing in the grasslands is the narrow leafed milkweed called Asclepias fascicularis. It’s a tall plant... More