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“A pretty tough uphill hike, but oh what scenery!”

Hermit Gulch Trail Loop
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Almost certainly the best-kept secret among local off-road hikers. It starts at the back of the campground and meanders uphill for 2+ miles. The trail has been widened in recent years but remains fairly uneven; thus, don't be a knucklehead and wear decent shoes or boots. At the top is a gorgeous lookout that stretches across both sides of the island, and there is a wider and easier road down if you don't want to retrace your steps. Go early or late and you're likely to see wildlife too. All in all, highly recommended.

Thank Poochkin
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

Like people suggested we started from Hermit Gulch trailhead. The hardest part was finding out the best way to get there. We discovered a bus that has various stopping point around Avalon and for $1 we got a ride. This is a pretty nice and robust hike but beautiful. I took 750 liter of water which could have used a little more. We loved the views and vistas and enjoyed being outdoors without spending money for pricey tours. The whole hike was 5 mikes but we walked about 1mile beyond the Botanical gardens. Highly recommend this hike and dress in layers. The wind was cool but the inclines made it hot!

Thank Courtney B
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

This hike provides great views of the island, channel, mainland and the Pacific. The day we were there it was so clear that we could easily see snow on the top on Mount Baldy back on the Mainland. To do the loop, you have to go through the Wrigley Gardens. If you follow most directions, they have you go up the canyon, through the Gardens and around to Herman Gulch Trail. If you do that, the Gardens charge you $8 a person. However, if you go up the canyon, but turn right at the Hermit Gulch Trail before you get to the Gardens, you can make the look and come in through the back of the Gardens at no charge. Basically, you're going in the reverse of what most guides tell you. One word of caution, taking that reverse route puts you climbing uphill on Hermit Gulch Trail and it can be a little steep, but very manageable.

Thank Ohtobeinsandiego
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

We started at the Wrigley memorial, took the road section up and then the trail back down to the campground. It can get warm and make sure you have plenty of water.

A great view on top of the ridge for the Pacific side of the island.

Register for your hike down at the Conservancy offie and pick up a map.

Thank Brando62
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

My wife and I walked from our hotel on the seafront to the Hermit Gulch Trail. At the top we turned right onto Divide Road and then right again down Stagecoach Road. We went in January and the weather was excellent - not too hot or cold. We had good shoes but did not need walking boots. Although the trail is steep it was OK for us - we're both 69.

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