Hermit Gulch, California - Camping & Campgrounds

Camping on Catalina is a unique experience and very different than camping on the mainland.

Hermit Gulch Campground is Avalon’s only camping facility located within city limits. The campground is located 1.5 miles uphill on Avalon Canyon Road between the Island Conservancy Nature Center and The Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens. The campground can be reached either by foot or bike on the paved road or by Avalon Transportation Services (310-510-0025) which provides both taxi and city trolley service accessible directly from the Avalon boat landing. Baggage storage/service and lockers are also available.

The campground offers a nice view of the surrounding chaparral covered hills that are home to a wide variety of trees, plant and animal life, some of which are endemic and found no where else in the world. The Hermit Gulch Trail is available from the campground and climbs to a nice lookout located where it connects to the Trans Catalina Trail offering great island views. There is access to other hiking trails nearby as well for trekking and bird watching.

Hermit Gulch is great for the first-time camper and experienced alike. Being so close to town allows access to groceries, shopping, restaurants, tours, sightseeing, activities (on and off the water) and nightlife. The campground boasts clean lighted restrooms with flush toilets and coin operated hot showers (Quarters only). There are campsites and primitive tent cabins available as well as a group area for a large group. All campsites and tent cabins offer a picnic table and BBQ stand located at each.

Sorry. NO WOOD FIRES! Charcoal and Wax logs only.

Even though located near the city of Avalon the campground is visited by a large variety birds and animals like Ravens, Squirrels, Deer and the Island Fox. Be prepared. Store all food in sealed packages, coolers and storage containers/bins and be sure to put all trash in the trash cans provided.



Catalina Island is primarily composed of two distinct rock units: The Catalina Schist and the Miocene volcanic plus intrusive igneous rocks. The island is rich in quartz, so much so that some seaward beaches have silver-grey sand. Originally the island’s formation occurred on the ocean floor due to tectonic activity. The island’s land-mass is not directly connected to the California mainland. The island is extremely rocky and the hills are covered with chaparral with plant and tree life that is regional, indigenous and introduced. There is a wide variety of endemic plants and trees that are found no where else in the world.


The city of Avalon offers a wide variety of recreational activities ranging from physical to relaxing. There is Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Boating, Jet Skiing, Paddle Boarding, Swimming and much, much more. Relaxing on the beach, Nature walking, Bird watching, Tours, Shopping and Dining are just some of the many opportunities that await visitors just looking to relax.


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Hermit Gulch Campground Offers:

Clean lighted restrooms with flush toilets and sinks.

Coin operated HOT showers (Quarters only).

Coin lockers (Quarters only).

Central community fire pit (NO WOOD FIRES Charcoal and Wax logs only).

Picnic tables and BBQ stands at each site and tent cabin.

Vending Machines

Hermit Gulch Rules:


Swim at your own risk. No lifeguards are on duty.


There are no electrical hook-ups available at any of the campsites.

GENERATORS ARE NOT ALLOWED at Hermit Gulch Campground.

Fire Precautions

In accordance with the L.A. County Fire Code, fires and smoking are permitted in the BBQ and fire ring areas only. No wood fires of any kind are allowed at the Hermit Gulch Campground. (Charcoal and Wax logs only).

Gathering Wood

Gathering wood or plants, or in any way removing or defacing any natural or manmade feature is prohibited.


Firearms, pellet/BB guns, slingshots wrist rockets, archery equipment, traps or any other hunting equipment are strictly prohibited. This includes air-soft and paintball guns.

Plant and Animal Life

Beware of Poison Oak and Rattle Snakes. All plants and animals on the island are protected. Buffalo, Deer and other wildlife are unpredictable; keep your distance.



No pets allowed on the campground.

No Littering

Trash cans are provided in every camp. Each camp area must be kept and left clean, with all refuse in trash cans. Use separate containers for recyclable materials when provided.


  • BBQ Grills
  • Camp Fire Circle
  • Campground Host
  • Camping Overnight
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flush Toilets
  • Garbage Cans
  • Hot Showers
  • Ice Sales
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Tables
  • Potable Water
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Sinks in Restroom
  • Soda Machine
  • Trailhead
  • Bike Trail
  • Biking
  • Cell Phone Service
  • Emergency Services
  • Flower Viewing
  • Gardens, Botanical Display
  • Hiking Trail
  • Interpretive Center
  • Jogging/Running
  • Nature Center
  • Nature Trails
  • Overlook
  • Trails
  • Walking
  • ATM Machine
  • Accessible Restroom
  • Administrative Office
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Bait and Tackle
  • Ball Fields
  • Banking Services
  • Boat Rental
  • Camping Supplies
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Churches
  • City Park
  • Deli
  • Dock
  • Fishing Pier
  • Full Service Store
  • Gift/Souvenir Shop
  • Grocery Store
  • Historical sites
  • Hospital
  • Hotels
  • Information Station
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical Clinic
  • Movie Theater
  • Museum
  • Newspapers
  • Paddle Boat Rentals
  • Play Ground
  • Post Office
  • Rent Bicycles
  • Rent Boats
  • Rent Canoes/Kayaks
  • Rent Fishing Equipment
  • Sand Swimming Beach
  • Scuba Store
  • Special Event Area
  • Sporting Goods
  • Visitor Information Center
  • Wireless Internet
  • 9 Hole Golf Course
  • Basketball Net/Court
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Bicycling
  • Boat Landing
  • Boating
  • Dining
  • Fishing – Ocean
  • Golf Course
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Miniature Golf
  • Ocean Kayaking
  • Ocean/Beach Access
  • Rent Jet Skis
  • Rent Paddle Boat
  • Sightseeing
  • Skateboarding
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis Court
  • Volleyball