Hiking off the main trails on Catalina Island can be a rewarding experience, so the LA Times discovers.
Blazing a new trail in Catalina
A sign marks the Trans-Catalina Island Trail, built to show off Catalina’s dramatic changes in elevation, which make for a surprising variety of ecosystems and landscapes: muscular peaks, scalloped beaches, lush ravines and grasslands enlivened by an array of spring flowers. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)
I see cactus. Wait, here’s some more.
A butterfly perches gingerly on a cactus along the trail, which climbs, dips and winds through backcountry largely unknown to the public and essentially unchanged since Tongva Indians roamed the island. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)
I wonder if the photographer minds my borrowing his beautiful photos? Well, a simple google search should lead him here, where he’ll see we gave credit and links. Oh well, the contours of fair use and all…