AVALON — The Catalina Island Conservancy will offer summer visitors an opportunity to partake in island naturalist-led hikes along Catalina’s most popular and easily accessible trail, the Garden to Sky Trail. On these hikes, visitors will be able to learn about Catalina’s natural and cultural history while enjoying views of Avalon and the windward side of the island.
Hikes will be lead by summer naturalists or recent college graduates or undergraduates who have studied the natural sciences and undergone the Conservancy’s Naturalist Training; the guides will provide an in-depth understanding of the island’s unique plants and animals and its geologic history.
The Garden to the Sky Trail offers a moderate level hike — 1.2 miles — to a ridgeline where, on a clear day, trekkers will be rewarded with a 360-degree view of Avalon, the Pacific Ocean and San Clemente Island.
The naturalist-led hikes will depart from the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden at 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Catalina Island Conservancy members can join the hike for free. The cost for all other hikers is $12 for adults and $8 for children. The price includes admission to the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. Visitors can make reservations for the hike at the Conservancy House, 125 Clarissa Ave or at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden.
The Summer Naturalists also will be offering free 45-minute guided tours of the garden this summer on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, starting at 9:30 a.m. In addition, visitors can “go wild” on the conservancy’s naturalist-led Jeep Eco Tours. These open-air Jeep tours offer adventure amid the island’s spectacular valleys, mountains and beaches.
For more information, call 310-510-2595 ext. 108, or visit catalinaconservancy.org.