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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
Map of Cottonwood Beach on Catalina Island
Avalon, US
11:22 pm, April 21, 2024
temperature icon 58°F
L: 57° H: 59°
Feels like 57.96 °F scattered clouds
Wind gusts: 2 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:15 am
Sunset: 7:28 pm
Humidity 87 %
Pressure1013 mb
Wind 2 m/s

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