Santa Monica Pier, Boardwalk, and Beach Trail

EASY 6 reviews

Santa Monica Pier, Boardwalk, and Beach Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Monica, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.3 miles 16 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

road biking


trail running




wild flowers


Soak up local history and stroll the zany boardwalk to Venice Beach Bordered by Venice to the south and Malibu to the north, Santa Monica's claim to fame is its historic pier, built in 1909. The pier, which also marks the finish line for Route 66, is the most practical place to begin a walking tour of Santa Monica. You can park on the pier itself or in the adjacent beach parking lot. Standing on the pier, you get a seagull's view of the beautiful coastline and boardwalk. Within Santa Monica's 8.3 square miles are many dining, shopping and lodging choices. Many (if not most) of these establishments are located near the beach. Dining choices range from classic diners to award-winning, upscale restaurants. The nice thing is you don't have to pay hefty prices for meals while enjoying ocean views. All along the pier and boardwalk you'll find good, affordably priced eateries. Ditto for entertainment. Enjoy free to low-cost shows. Besides the regular cast of street performers, catch a seasonal free concert or outdoor movie on the beach. If you're staying the night, choose from about 37 hotels, ranging from budget to deluxe. For beach-side lodging and dining, check out Shutters on the Beach ( or sister property Casa Del Mar ( The view is gorgeous, but keep your eyes open for celebrities. Whether you're here for an hour or a day, make time to frolic in the sand and surf at Santa Monica or Will Rogers state beaches.

trail running
2 days ago

As easy as it gets, but that doesn't make it any less beautiful. Almost always crowded, so go before 8am if you want a peaceful run with few people!

3 days ago

road biking
12 days ago

This is a paved flat trail with generally a lot of traffic. Maybe not a locals favorite but definitely I nice low key thing to do when Visitors come into town. It's cool to go from Santa Monica to Venice and see all the artsy crazy that comes with that. I've lived here for about 7 years and have rented a bike to ride along this trail maybe 3 times?

1 month ago

1 year ago

The map here makes it seem like you would walk along the bike path that stretches along the beach. It's paved and very flat but usually windy - which adds an obstacle (the wind typically blows from the north). Alternatively you can walk along the ocean or also climb up to the bluff like the title of this hike suggests. It's a beautiful oceanfront stroll either way.

4 years ago