56 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2018-2019 T wenty-two miles and a world away from Los Angeles, Catalina Island’s interior offers amazing opportunities for outback-style hiking, sightseeing and camping. Even if you don’t have time to hike or camp, you can still see Catalina’s wild and wooly interior. It’s California the way it used to be, before shopping malls, housing developments and gridlocked traffic. SEE IT BY JEEP Jeep Eco-Tours, organized by Catalina Island Conservancy, will get you into the backcountry, where you’ll have an opportunity to see vast portions of the 88-percent of the Island that most people miss. Info: 310.510.2595 CatalinaConservancy.org Explore the Island at your own pace. Knowledgeable and friendly drivers will pick you up in a six-passenger open-air Jeep and transport you to Catalina Island’s wild side. Info: 310.510.0342 JourneyCatalina.com SEE IT BY HUMMER The East-End Extreme Hummer Tour, which features an open-air, bio-fuel H1 Hummer, starts at sea level and travels up 1,500 feet before topping out on a summit. Another Hummer tour visits Cape Canyon. Info: 800.626.7270 VisitCatalinaIsland.com SEE IT BY BUS OR BIKE Want something a little more tame? Several vendors offer bus trips, which are generally a less expensive way to see the backcountry of Catalina. Among them, Catalina Adventure Tours offers a two-hour tour that winds up the mountains to the Airport in the Sky. Info: 877.510.2888 CatalinaAdventureTours.com Hikers might like Wildlands Express, which will take you to Airport in the Sky, in the Island’s interior. Ride or walk back to town, or just hike for a few hours and catch the next Express shuttle back to Avalon. Info: 310.510.0143 CatalinaConservancy.org Another way to see the sights is on a Bike Catalina Tour, which delivers participants to Airport in the Sky, or other locations, with a bike. You ride back to town. Info: 310.913.1028 BikeCatalina.com SEE IT BY HELICOPTER Get a bird’s-eye view of the island on a 15-minute half-island tour, or a 30-minute full-island tour with Island Express Helicopter Service. Info: 800.228.2566 IslandExpress.com SEE IT ON FOOT The 37.2-mile Trans-Catalina Trail, which opened in 2009, established a route that not only gives hikers spectacular views but also connects the Island’s campgrounds. Permits, which are free, are required for hiking and camping. Info: 310.510.2595 CatalinaConservancy.org THE INTERIOR A guide to off-the-grid adventure