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    Catalina Island riding trails

    I have plans to visit Catalina Island next week for my birthday. Can someone please tell me what's the best loop to do there that will give me the best view/tour of the whole island in a day trip? I would prefer to climb and downhill out kind of loop if possible. Thanks!

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    Trail riding on the island is basically off limits. If you want to ride off road, you'll be on fire roads. Find a map of the island and you'll see where to ride, where to go.
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    Ride from Avalon to Two Harbors. Once there (33 miles on dirt road, plenty of elevation gain and loss along the way), get a cheeseburger and beer. Chill on the beach and jump on the 3:00 boat (bike is ok!) back to Avalon! Lots of great sights along the way.

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    I was thinking about this same thing last Sunday. What's the best way to get a bike to and from the island? Does the Catalina Express take bikes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CEB View Post
    Ride from Avalon to Two Harbors. Once there (33 miles on dirt road, plenty of elevation gain and loss along the way), get a cheeseburger and beer. Chill on the beach and jump on the 3:00 boat (bike is ok!) back to Avalon! Lots of great sights along the way.
    Thanks that's the route I was planning to do.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    I was thinking about this same thing last Sunday. What's the best way to get a bike to and from the island? Does the Catalina Express take bikes?
    Catalina Express is the one I'm going on, you just have to pay $7 to bring a bike. They are offering free round trip ticket on your birthday this year so that's why I am going.
    I was able to find 3 routes from the Catalina Grand Fondo ride from a couple of months ago:

    Geoladders -- Catalina Grand Fondo Middle Island Route
    Geoladders -- Catalina Grand Fondo Ridge Line Route
    Geoladders -- Catalina Grand Fondo Two Harbors Route

    I am still debating my ability to ride 50 miles with 8k elevation gain in 2 days.... since I will be carrying all my gear for overnight camping as well at two harbour or just stealth camping along the beach. I may just stick to the first route since it's manageable and still be enjoyable but it won't hit the two harbours as far as I can tell. Since I'm going on a weekday the earliest ferry is at 10am and I won't be getting on the island until noon and that cuts a lot of riding time out and the following day the last ferry leaves around 6pm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    I was thinking about this same thing last Sunday. What's the best way to get a bike to and from the island? Does the Catalina Express take bikes?
    They have a limit on how many bikes are allowed on each boat ride so make sure you get reservations before you head down there.
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