Hermit Gulch Campground (Avalon)
Hermit Gulch Campground is the only campground in the town of Avalon. Located just a short 15-20 minute walk (1.5 mile) from the main strip, you simply walk up Avalon Canyon Road towards the Wrigley Memorial Gardens (another 5 minutes up the hill) and you’ll see it on your right.
Hermit Gulch Campgrounds offer all of the amenities you’d expect like flush toilets, hot showers, fresh water, coin operated lockers for valuables, vending machines, and more. There are a total of 40 campsites and also 9 tent cabins. The campsites themselves are quite lovely, nestled in the trees in a large grassy field. Some of the campsites offer beautiful views of Avalon Harbor and on a clear day you can see the mainland. There are trail heads for a number of hiking trails nearby, so if you plan to hike to Two Harbors, you can pick up the Trans Catalina Trail trail right there.
Quail, Squirrels, foxes, and Mule deer can bee seen frequenting the campground regularly, and it’s quite a nice surprise when one pays you a visit!
Hermit Gulch Camping Gear Rental
You can rent just about everything you’ll need right there at the campground. They offer 4 person and 2-person tents, as well as sleeping bags, mats, 2-burner propane stoves, propane lanterns, and extra propane.
Hermit Gulch Tent Cabins
There are 9 tent cabins available for rent. Tent cabins are wood framed with with wood floors and canvas walls. Each tent cabin comes with 6 cots, a lantern, 2 burner stove with 1 canister of propane, picnic table and barbecue stand. Make sure you book in advance at peak travel times. Prices are listed below. Hermit Gulch is one of the two campgrounds, including Two Harbors Campground, to offer tent cabins.
Hermit Gulch Campsites
There are 40 additional campsites for you to choose from. Some are nestled in the trees, and others (like the one in the photo above) offer beautiful views of Avalon Harbor. Each campsite comes with a barbecue stand, picnic table, and trees for shade or a sunshade. Again, this place books up fast at peak travel times, so make your reservations in advance.
Directions to Hermit Gulch Campground
The entrance to Hermit Gulch campground is a 1.5 mile hike up Avalon Canyon Road towards the famous Wrigley Memorial Gardens. The walk takes about 20 minutes, but you can also get the trolley if it is operating – you have to check on this – it is often only available on weekends. If it isn’t running, you can get dropped off by taxi, which you can grab right at the Avalon Boat landing. You can also hire baggage service from the boat landing from Catalina Boat Service, once you get to the island.
Hermit Gulch Campground Fees and Reservations
Prices vary depending on the season, and mid-week to weekend.
Summer Prices: 6/12 through 9/6
Summer mid-week prices for adults is $19.00/night and $9.50/night for children. Tent cabins are $50.00/night.
Summer weekend prices for adults is $21.00/night and $10.50 for children. Tent cabins are $55.00/night.
Winter Prices: 1/1 through 3/12 and 10/18 through 12/31
Winter mid-week prices for adults is $17.00/night and $8.50/night for children. Tent cabins are $45.00/night.
Winter weekend prices for adults is $17.00/night and $8.50 for children. Tent cabins are $45.00/night.
Spring Prices: 1/1 through 3/12 and 10/18 through 12/31
Spring mid-week prices for adults is $17.00/night and $8.50/night for children. Tent cabins are $45.00/night.
Spring weekend prices for adults is $19.00/night and $9.50 for children. Tent cabins are $50.00/night.
Hermit Gulch Campground is located at Avalon Canyon Road, P.O. Box 737, Avalon, CA 90704. For more information and reservations please visit www.visitcatalinaisland.com or call (310) 510 TENT.
Groups of 20 or more, please call (310) 510 8368 ext. 1414.
Please Note: You can book online using the link above, or call and make your reservation. If you prefer calling, you’ll pay a $25 booking administration fee. Book your reservation online at least 1 day in advance!!! Otherwise, you will HAVE to book over the phone and pay the $25.00 fee.
Hermit Gulch Campground Reviews
As with any of the camping areas on Catalina Island – you must prepare yourself for the inevitable party that goes into the wee hours of the morning. This is not a rule, but if your stay spans some sort of college break, you’re in for it. One of the main complaints about Hermit Gulch is that the sites are quite close together. If your neighbor is up late, you’re up late. Another frequent complaint has to do with the reservations system. I’ve read multiple reviews stating that although a particular site was reserved, upon arrival you find out that all your reservation did was save you a spot – the actual sites are first come first serve.
The facilities there aren’t comparable to national parks in Oregon, so if that’s what you’re thinking, prepare yourself for shiny metal, not mirrors, back in 1/2 hour signs at the check in station, and bring a roll of toilet paper (sometimes the bathrooms aren’t stocked).
Are you afraid of spiders? The tent cabins might give you nightmares then. A lot of reviews talk about spiders in the tent cabins. Personally, I don’t really mind, but my wife can’t deal with it.
Last common complaint I hear is the road noise. Hermit Gulch campground is located right off the busy Avalon Canyon Road, so you’ll hear gas powered golf carts, trolleys, and people buzzing up and down the hill in one fashion or another. It’s quite bothersome for some campers.
Overall however, the majority of reviews are positive, and people enjoy the setting, and the facilities. Park Rangers who are on hand to help out get overwhelmingly positive reviews.
Other Campgrounds on Catalina Island
There are a total of 5 campgrounds on Catalina Island, and 9 boat-in only campsites. Use the links below to find out about fees, reservations, rules, and some of Catalina’s best kept secret camping spots!
- Blackjack Campground Catalina Island
- Hermit Gulch Campground Catalina Island
- Little Harbor Campground Catalina Island
- Parsons Landing Campground Catalina Island
- Two Harbors Campground Catalina Island
- Boat-in Only Campsites on Catalina Island