At this time, the Renton Mine Trail portion of the Trans Catalina Trail has to be accessed via Wrigley Road, which takes you up and... more » over the ridge near Mount Ada. You’ll find the trailhead shortly after you pass the Inn at Mt. Ada in Avalon. The route to the trail head is paved and a bit steep, but the views of Avalon and the ocean are incredible.
You can also enter the trail through the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, just a little farther up the road. This route is recommended, as the garden and memorial are a destination all to themselves and should not be missed.
Whichever route you choose, the Hermit Gulch Trail will take you up to Divide Road. Follow the trail through Haypress, past Middle Ranch Road and past Cape Canyon and on to the Black Jack Campground. To lighten your load, if this is the first leg of your Trans Catalina Trail hike, you can schedule to have your backpacks and equipment delivered to the campground for you. Click here for more information.
And, if you prefer to hike around just Black Jack and not necessarily hike all the way there, you can reserve a seat on the Wildlands Express Service.
The DC-3 Gifts & Grill is relatively close to the campground. You can stroll over for lunch, dinner, or arrange to have your meal brought to you! less «