37-mile Trans-Catalina Island Trail opens today.

A decade in the making, the new 37-mile Trans-Catalina Island Trail spotlights the varied landscapes, dramatic changes in elevation and different ecosystems of the island’s interior, where most tourists never venture.

The Trans-Catalina Island Trail climbs, dips and winds through the island’s back country, which has remained largely unseen by the public and is essentially unchanged since Tongva Indians roamed the 76-square-mile island going back thousands of years.

Hiking permits are required by the Catalina Island Conservancy. Permits can also be obtained at these locations:

Conservancy House in Avalon, at
125 Clarissa Ave. Open daily from
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed for
lunch. (310) 510-2595

Nature Center at Avalon Canyon, open daily 10 AM to 4 PM Memorial Day through Labor Day (closed Thursdays all other months)

Airport in the Sky Open daily from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (winter) 7p.m.
(summer), call (310) 510-0143

Two Harbors Visitor Information
Center Open daily from 7:30 a.m.
to 4p.m. (winter) 6:30 p.m.
(summer), call (800) 422-8475

Camping reservations and permits can also be obtained through Two Harbors Enterprises, (310) 510-8368