About Cottonwood Beach on Catalina Island in Avalon, California
Cottonwood Beach is a small beach on the southwestern side of Catalina Island. The name comes from the cottonwood trees in the canyon behind the beach. This beach is not easy to get to, but it makes a great picnic spot as a side-trip during a stay at nearby Little Harbor Campground or on a backpacking trip along the Trans Catalina Trail.
Cottonwood Beach has a creek that pools up behind it and sometimes flows through it, leaving less sand exposed to enjoy. If the creek is flowing, there will be waterfall along your approach to the beach. Swimming is not advised because a rip current could exist in this cove.
On the ridge south of Cottonwood Canyon a side road dead ends at seldom visited military ruins left over from World War II.
The Safari Bus takes visitors from Avalon and Two Harbors to Little Harbor daily. Catalina Express operates boats daily to Catalina Island from the mainland in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Dana Point.
- Middle Ranch Rd
Avalon, CA 90704
- Park Name
- Catalina Island Conservancy
- Other Names
- Mills Landing Beach, Cottonwood Canyon Beach
- Pet Details
- Dogs allowed on leash
- Hiking, Backpacking, Mountain Biking
- No Facilities
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