Shipwreck Trail is a 5.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is a rocky hike along the beach to a shipwreck site. Although the hike is near the road, it has great views. Wear sturdy shoes. Great ocean views, lovely bays, exciting shipwreck to explore, rocky shoreline.
There is no path you walk along the beach. This path is all rocks. Be sure you wear hiking boots. It's hard on the knees.
Great trail! You can make it more difficult by adjusting your starting point (as seen in the map above). Otherwise, there is a large pipe you can scale down about a mile from the shipwreck. The hike itself is just walking on rocks along the shore, but how can you complain? You're at the ocean! Yes, you will see some trash, dead birds, and smell some less than lovely scents, but it's nature, guys. Bring water, sunscreen, and HIKING SHOES. It will hurt otherwise!
The trail was difficult to find. I'm not sure the start point is correct. It was basically hiking on a rocky beach or up top along road. I'm not sure why it was rated difficult either?
Shipwreck site was pretty cool.
Awesome hike! Challenging but worth it! Take lots of water!
the trail shown above didn't lead you to the ship wreck but it wasn't far off. awesome little hike for being close to home :)
Well being a Southbay native I had to give this one five stars! There's nothing like driving 10-15 minutes to the beach and enjoy such local beauty!
lots of walking on loose jagged rocks, make sure you wear good hiking shoes. If not its painful.
Ehhh! Walking on all the rocks makes it alot harder and once you finally get to the shipwreck ( in my opinion ) wasnt really worth it. If you keep walking past the wreck you'll find a trail up to the road other than that theres no way up unless you turn around.
Rocks the entire way, saw a poor dog with ripped up paws, climbed up a big water pipe as a short cut to get back to the road. Never made it to the shipwreck. No thanks.
The walk to the shipwreck was a combination of a nice oceanic experience, straddling the shoreline the entire time, mixed with a never ending scramble across a cocktail of unassumingly uncomfortable rocks. Wear shoes with thick soles for this one and don't make the mistake I did of wearing vibram close toed hiking shoes.
The novelty of actually seeing the shipwreck was cool. I felt like it took too long to get there and contemplated turning back a few times. Given that, it is one worth doing once for sake of the unique experience. If you start the hike by walking down near the giant pipeline it is not so bad, much shorter than starting at the little beach about a mile back from the pipeline.
It was a beautiful view. It was definitely a challenge not even half way my dog got tired , so I had to carry her the rest of the way . I was determined to see the shipwreck. But there was no shipwreck it's gone. I should have read the other reviews which said the same things. It was was definitely a work out. It's very rocky. Wear good shoes
Did the Hike today.... it wasn't for the meek. the Rocks are some work to Navigate. I wasn't able to find the ship wreck. coming down the trail went both ways. Went left and right and still nothing. But nonetheless beautiful day to walk the Beach. Wish we had drinks and chairs, lol.
I read over the reviews to get a sense of which route we should take--took Matthew Jackson's advice and followed his exact route (you can find his review by checking out previous posts--from today's date, he posted 10 months ago). There's no definitive "trail" to get to the shipwreck other than just following the coast and the terrain is all rocks varying from small to large; the largest ones you kinda have to jump from one to the other. Highly advised to wear shoes with a good grip and if you lose your balance easily, bring a walking stick. It's short of 2 miles to-from, with our starting/ending point at paseo del mar/avenida mirola. We brought our little corgi who was able to do the trek just fine but the larger rocks he needed to be carried. Would definitely come back again. I have to say it was pretty tiring for how short it was, but the view was well worth it.
5-Stars not having much experience adventuring & writing reviews!
Started the trail parked on Paseo Del Mar street and hiked down to the beach, the way down is a bit dangerous but not enough to discourage people not to go down.
We walked along the beach for about half a mile and found a cool patio area with a custom made palapa; guessing man made by adventures!
After the patio you walk another half mile or so to find the shipwreck. It is broken into about 4 sections so there's a good area to explore and investigate.
The way back wasn't bad at all, same as the way to the wreck.
First review ever lol
i went today and i had a hard time finding it. even the locals didnt know about it. however i did find it and it is still there. if you fallow the map you have a long walk ahead of you on rocks it was not fun. if you just drive to the end on the map you have to climb down these rocks i have posted pictures of it. i would not bring children there are a lot of metal. it was pretty cool to see
this hike is beyond hard and they are not playing when they say it's NOTHING BUT ROCKS!!!! BTW the shipwreck isn't even there anymore!!! You'll get annoyed at how many rocks you have to go thru!
The views are beautiful and it's pretty when U get there but once U hike it you wish you had a helicopter to take you back.
BEWARE WITH CAUTION!!!