AVALON—Catalina Island has slowly begun reopening. The Catalina Island Conservancy’s Trailhead visitor center was among the latest to join the list of businesses and facilities to reopen on the island. The Trailhead opened on June 1 with limited operations. The Trailhead’s current hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
People will be able to visit the center to get hiking and biking permits, use restrooms, visit the third floor observation deck and shop the retail store. However, Eco Tours and the Wildlands Express are not currently operating. Toyon Grill also remains closed. The Conservancy reported Wildlands Express will begin limited service between Avalon and Little Harbor June 17. The Conservancy also announced Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden will re-open June 12 and DC-3 Gifts & Grill will re-open June 17 with updated hours and menu.
The Island’s beaches, moorings, hiking and biking trails are also open for recreational activity only, with new safety guidelines. Some retailers are open and many restaurants are open for takeout. However, the island remains under Los Angeles County’s “Safer at Home” order, which requires all persons to remain in their residences expect for essential activities such as food shopping.