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mtbaxterOrizaba From Avalon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2013

mtbaxter

I took a most unusual transport (for peak baggers, anyway) in order to get to Catalina Island - a Carnival cruise ship. It moored in Avalon Bay and by 9 am I was in Avalon proper. There are two means of public transit from Avalon. One is S Catalina Island Company's Safari Bus. At $10 one way (2013) it is cheapest but not very convenient. It only runs from Avalon at noon and returns from the airport at 1 pm, not enough time for the hike. Rather, use the Conservancy's own van service, called the Wildlands Express Service (go to www. catalinaconservancy.org). This is $26 roundtrip (2013) and has 6 different departure times from both Avalon and the airport. You need to call for reservations but I had no problem calling even just an hour in advance. (310)510-0143. It leaves Avalon only 1 block from the public pier on Catalina Avenue just past Von's Express. Its a 20 minute ride to the stop at Blackjack Junction, where you start the walk all on road to the summit. Note you are required to have a hiking permit from the Conservancy, but this is free and can be obtained and printed in advance from their website.
The walk took me just under two hrs roundtrip, and included some bison and birdwatching. The walk is all legal access, but you need to climb over two gates. The first keeps bisons on one side, the second at the summit surrounds the antenna. I felt funny climbing the second gate, but there is never a no trespassing sign, only a worn sign at the first gate asking you to keep the gate closed for conservation purposes pigs and goats have been already extirpated, but there are still the bison), and the second gate only has a sign stating it is illegal to have a gun on federal property.
The summit has been graded flat. There is a register right where you first come to the second fence. Views are outstanding as you walk the perimeter, however.
Posted Sep 14, 2013 4:14 pm

Bob BurdBike Tour  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 28, 2011

Bob Burd

Rode across Catalina from Avalon to Two Harbors. Fun Day! Trip Report
Posted Dec 4, 2011 7:53 pm

dpsiebertfrom BlackJack  Sucess!

dpsiebert

We packed from Two Harbors to Avalon stopping at Little Harbor and BlackJack campgrounds. Totally fun trip!
Posted May 31, 2011 2:12 pm

DundeelAmerican Orizaba  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2010

Dundeel

No Bison, just a snake and a couple of bald eagles. The summit has a white FAA navigation beacon. Good idea to call ahead and make arrangements for the shuttle. CA P2k 10/163
Posted Mar 31, 2010 7:02 pm

Dennis PoulinRoad Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2010

Dennis Poulin

Nice Spring day for a hike. Found 2 registers at the FAA facility.
Posted Mar 30, 2010 1:04 pm

atavistRe: Selachophobia

atavist

Hmm, I found and signed a summit register for Orizaba Peak. It sure seemed to be the highest point since I could see water in nearly every direction.
Posted Nov 14, 2008 1:18 am

atavistSelachophobia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008

atavist

After kayaking from San Pedro on Friday, it took much of the day to hike across the island to bag this peak. In summer, the mountain is scorched and dry. The summit is home to a large fenced-off radio station which kills the mood and prevents anyone from actually getting 360 degree ocean vistas. The following day I kayaked back across the channel to Palos Verdes.
Posted Jul 14, 2008 4:16 pm

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