Great Outdoors Los Angeles Presents
Catalina Island Campout
Tent cabins, Hiking, Kayaking
Memorial Day Weekend May 26-29, 2017
Contact: Bryan Matsumoto at (626) 246-8634; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or Albert Sotelo at (323) 456-5302, e-mail: email@example.com.
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at Catalina Island with the Great Outdoors.
Catalina is a perfect place to relax on the beach, enjoy the ocean, search for rocks and seashells, read a book… or join the group for a 11.2 round-trip, incredibly scenic Pacific-view hike to a secluded beach on the western side of the island.
Just a short distance off the California mainland lies the beautiful island of Santa Catalina. Great Outdoors will once again be heading off to this little bit of paradise for 4 days of hiking, swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. We will be staying in tent cabins that come complete with cots and sleeping pads, a gas stove and lantern. Our cabins are located high on the bluff overlooking the quaint town of Two Harbors. Unlike the more bustling port of Avalon, Two Harbors has a much more laid back feel to it and is located at the narrowest part of the island. You can easily walk from the calm harbor to the western shore where you will experience the full force of the Pacific ocean crashing against the island.
Being that our cabins are located at the highest elevation in the campground, we will have an unobstructed view of the island and the magnificent Pacific ocean from our very own porch. Showers and bathrooms are nearby and we’ll have a BBQ pit, fire ring and water at the site. The town of Two Harbors has a general store, restaurant, snack bar and saloon.
This wonderful adventure filled extended weekend does have limited space available. Our 3 cabins can house a total of 18 individuals so don’t hesitate to register as soon as possible. In order to allow everyone to enjoy this beautiful island as they wish, this will be a freeform camping experience. Enjoy it as a group on simply wander to and fro at your leisure.
Cabins will not be assigned but you may request that a particular person(s) be in the same cabin as you. This priority applies on a first come first served basis so please register early.
With so many thing to do and see where will you begin? Hiking on Catalina is unique and exciting. Where else can you get a 360* degree view of the Pacific Ocean which include a view of the California Mainland? You can even see the lights of Los Angeles at night in the distance from our campsite. Numerous secluded beaches and miles of fantastic scenery await your arrival.
Snorkeling, Kayaking and Bike riding
Voted “World’s healthiest marine environment” by Scuba magazine, Two Harbors offers world class snorkeling with 40-100 ft. visibility underwater. Visit the kelp beds or simply stay close to shore and be amazed by what lies a few feet below the surface. Kayaks offer a great way to see the island from offshore. Whether you decide to just paddle around the harbor or head out to explore some of the more secluded parts of the island, kayaking affords you the opportunity to observe wildlife from above and below the water. If you prefer a little more fast paced adventure than biking, Catalina may be right for you. Miles of roads cross the island and allow you to see more of this fantastic landscape in less time than a leisurely hike. Bikes and Kayaks can be rented starting at $24.00 per hour and a snorkel and mask are $13.00 per day and available at the Two Harbors Dive Shop
If you need to stock up on supplies, the Two Harbors general store has groceries, ice, camping equipment and a wide selection of wines and spirits. Remember to drink in moderation if you choose to partake of alcoholic beverages.
Schedule Of Events
Friday May 26
- 11:30 am Check-in at the port at San Pedro
- 12:30 pm Leave San Pedro on Catalina Express
- Approx 1-1.5 hour boat trip Arrive in Two Harbors
- 3:00 Plan weekend activities
- 6:00 pm Meet and Greet with dinner provided by hosts, Bryan and Albert
- 8:00 Group campfire activities
Saturday May 27
- 9:00 am hike/explore
- 12:00 pm Individual/Group activities
- 6:00 pm Pot-Luck - We are going to forego the pot-luck on this trip. Dinner on your own.
- 8:00 pm Group Campfire activities
Sunday May 28
- 9:00 am Hike to Little Harbor beach via TransCatalina Trail (after the hike, if you're a little tired, you may want to consider eating in town).
- 5 pm Individual/Group activities
- 9 pm Group campfire activities
Monday May 29
- Pack up and be ready to have belongings picked up and transported by 8:30am
- 9:30am - be at the dock
Travel home safely!
What To Bring: Bring your ten essentials (listed on GO website at: https://greatoutdoorslosangeles.wildapricot.org/page-18105, Layered clothing (weather on the island can change quickly), personal care items, sleeping bag, boots, water sandals, sunscreen, day pack, food, ice chest, cooking gear, eating utensils (plate, bowl, fork/spoon), water bottle, potluck items, trail mix, snacks.
Do NOT bring propane fueled lanterns or stoves. Each tent cabin come equipped with a lantern and a stove to be shared.
Hiking: We will be hiking 11.4 (round-trip) to Little Harbor Beach, on the more secluded western side of the island. This is an intermediate to strenuous hike, with ascents and descents. The elevation change is about 1000 feet.
If you choose to kayak or engage in other water related activities please be aware of your own capabilities.
Extra Fees: Be Advised; there is a $12.00 per day parking fee at the Port of San Pedro
Carpooling: Carpooling is strongly recommended. Please be sure to indicate on the registration form if you are interested in carpooling so we can coordinate carpools in order to share the parking fees at the port.
Pet Policy: Pets are not allowed in the campground.
Refund Policy: The round trip boat ride is $73.50. and is fully refundable up to 24 hrs. before departure. The remaining camping fees are refundable up to 10 days before departure.
Directions: General driving directions: Take the 110 Freeway south to San Pedro. Take the Terminal Island, Exit 47 ramp. Stay in the right lane, exit Harbor Blvd. Follow signs to Catalina Terminal.
Baggage Guidelines Per Person
Flammables or dangerous items are NOT allowed. Please make sure you have an ID tag on each item and do not leave luggage unattended in the terminal at any time. Unattended luggage is subject to search and seizure. If you are bringing an ice chest please duct tape it closed. We have found in the past that ice chest slightly larger that the specified allowable size have been accepted.
- Two Pieces of Baggage.
- 50 lbs. Maximum Each Bag.
- 23”x23”x37” Maximum Bag Dimension.
- One Carry-On to be Stowed at the Seat
- Plus, Campers are allowed a sleeping bag.
In order to keep cost at a minimum we are not pre-reserving kayaks as a group at this time. You may however contact Two Harbors Dive and Recreation Center (310) 510-4272 if you want to reserve a specific time and date on your own. A group decision can be made if needed at camp. You can also bring your own bike with you on the boat for an extra fee if pre-arranged with the Catalina Express.
You may also want to consider bringing a favorite board game, Uno or cards. In order to allow everyone to enjoy this beautiful island as they wish, this will be a freeform camping experience. Enjoy it as a group on simply wander to and fro at your leisure.