Backpacking Catalina Island

Los Angeles Parsons Landing

Added by Grant Nyquist

  • Distance: 2.5 mile hike from Emerald Bay or 7 mile hike from Two Harbors
  • Unique camping that is a lifetime adventure
  • Exclusive beach front real estate, usually by yourself, and fires are allowed
  • Beautiful hiking, if you choose, with views of the entire island

The Parson’s Landing Campground is a secluded beach campsite located seven miles west of the village of Two Harbors. The eight primitive campsites accommodate up to six people each and are accessible only via a moderately difficult hike or kayak trip. Shade structures and running water are not provided; you must pack in your supplies.

The Parson’s Landing Campground is accessible via a moderately difficult seven-mile hike from Two Harbors or a two-and-a-half-mile hike from Emerald Bay. You can also kayak to the campground.

Facilities and Activities:
  • BBQ and fire ring
  • Picnic Table
  • Chemical Toilet
  • Guests must purchase at least one locker key with their reservation. One bundle of firewood and 2.5 gallons of water are included in with the locker. More wood and water are available by advance purchase only. See more at: Parsons Landing Primitive Camping

Campers must first check-in at Two Harbors Visitor Services to get a key for your lock box containing wood and water. There is a 10-day maximum stay at all campgrounds. Check in is after 2 pm, Check out is by 11 am.

Photos: David McKraken; David McKraken; N. Dukay; Mike Rose

Pack List

  • Backpacking gear (tent, sleeping bag, etc.)
  • Food
  • Snacks
  • Water (even though you get some with the locker)
  • Hiking shoes
  • Hiking clothes
  • Swimsuit
  • Sun block/ lip balm
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Matches/ Fire starter
If Kayaking in:
  • Kayak gear (wetsuits, paddles, helmet, etc.)
  • Permits
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Activities:

Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Kayaking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

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Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Picnic Area
Scenic
Swimming Hole
Wildlife

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How to Get There

3 months ago

Great First Backpacking(ish) Trip

The beach is beautiful night and day! We stayed two nights and it was a perfect introduction to backpacking! We hiked in on the West End Road trail from Two Harbors and out on the Trans-Catalina Trail. The hike in was great - ocean breeze, beautiful views and not too difficult. The hike out was much more challenging and hot, but the views were amazing! It was really an accomplishment after! Though, I will say, while it was a hard hike out, I'd rather hike that portion out than in because I prefer hiking up steep grades than down.... But that's probably just personal preference. :)

3 months ago

about 1 year ago

yep, this place is magic, just bring enough water and snacks/ food and you'll be stoked!

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Beautiful scenery - but watch out for rattlesnakes and stampeding buffalo! :)

over 1 year ago

almost 2 years ago

The 7-mile hike into Parsons Landing is super easy. This is one of my favorite spots!!!

almost 2 years ago

Added by Grant Nyquist

I'm basically awesome, more basic though

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