Started at Emerald Bay scout camp at 3:00am and made it there for sunrise.
The trail from cat harbor to the peak and back is actually 11.6 miles round trip, not 7.4 as stated above, so plan accordingly
From Two Harbors, took the Silver Peak Trail. On the way back, took the short diversion to Granite Peak and Oak BM. Followed a use trail to Mt. Torquemada for the best views of the day, then cross country back to the road. It was friggin' hot, nearly 100F on the shade free trail, away from the ocean.
Did this hike today for my birthday. Catalina Express will give you a free ride to the island and back on your birthday. I only had a 3:40 window to do the hike from the time the boat stopped at Two Harbors until it left again so I had to hurry a little.
Ran across two guys on the way back, one of whom was cramping badly due to dehydration. I gave him most of my remaining water and some shot blox, but had to keep moving to make it back to the boat on time. Ran across the SAR guys that were on their way up on ATVs to help the two hikers a short time later, so I assume they made it out OK.
Rode ferry into Two Harbors with Bob and hiked to the top. Climbed Torquemada on the way back. Took the last ferry home after dinner at the local place.
I sailed out with my family for the Catalina Yachts Rendezvous at the Two Harbors a year ago (2008). Moored here, and then ran up the Silver Peak Trail to the peak and then came back along a suicide ridgeline that dropped strait down into Two Harbors. Great run and amazing views all the way. The elevation is a but kicker when running.
Blue skies and emerald waters.