The Trailhead is the Catalina Island Conservancy’s visitor center located near the Cabrillo Mole boat landing in Avalon.

The Trailhead serves as the gateway to the Island’s wildlands, providing Catalina Island visitors and residents with information and opportunities to understand and explore the Island’s 42,000+ acres of open space and 62 miles of rugged shoreline.


Photo by Ranz Navarro

The Trailhead

The Trailhead, at 708 Crescent in Avalon, is the perfect place to begin your Catalina adventure! It is the flagship facility for Catalina Island Conservancy, serving as the gateway to the Island’s wildlands. Resources found at the Trailhead help you make the most of your time exploring the Island’s 42,000+ acres of open space. Visitors to Catalina Island maximize their experience with a stop at the three-story, 9,000-sq.-ft. Trailhead. While there, obtain hiking and biking permits, detailed information on campgrounds, native flora and fauna, ecology and history, and even venture out on an Eco Tour.

Trailhead Services

1st Floor

Retail, Hiking and Biking Permits, Eco Tours & Wildlands Express access

2nd Floor

Plein-Air Art Gallery, Restrooms, and Restaurant

3rd Floor

Observation Deck and Native Garden


8 am – 5 pm, daily

708 Crescent Avenue
Avalon, CA 90704

(310) 510-2595 ext. 0

Hours change seasonally. We are closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving day.