By: Luella Fickle
Barbara Guerin and I climbed Silver Peak (1804) on above Two Harbors May 31, 2003.
Notes: Lower Peak Hikers who can hike with a moderate pace would enjoy this peak as a day trip, if you are slow think about doing this as an overnight camp out at Two Harbors along with a day hike.
Barbara and I caught the 6:45 AM boat out of San Pedro and returned via 6:30 PM boat out of Two Harbors. We did the hike in six hours and twenty minutes. We had no wait to get the hiking permit from the Catalina Conservancy. The process took about 5 minutes. We were hiking out of Two Harbors by 9:25 AM we returned 3:45 PM. The hike begins on the road straight ahead of the Vistor's Center keep right around Catalina Harbor and in a mile turn northwest and begin a 3 mile 1700 gain climb up a jeep road to a road crest just under Granite Mtn. It took us 2 1/4 hours to go from Two Harbors to this crest. We made up time doing the mile 500 feet down hill to the Boushay Trail junction (none of the junctions are marked a map or two is very helpful along with the peak guide). Boushay Trail is another jeep road. We then climbed about 700 feet gain and another mile to the summit of Silver Peak. Catalina Conservancy maps says is 1804'. My topo map was metric so I'll agree. On the return we climbed Granite Mtn (1794') which is about 90' feet above the Silver Peak jeep trail. There are great views along the trail. We saw Island Oak, two kinds of maraposa, two kinds of lupine, Island poppy, Ironwood, and Yellow Stars. The Catalina Island Conservancy has a nice web page with a plant and animal list complete with pictures.
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