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Venice Beach

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Venice Beach is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Venice, California 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.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 19 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

beach

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

People from all over the world flock here to hang out at funky Venice Beach. It's a casual, trendy community with great beaches, restaurants and shopping. Situated between Santa Monica to the north and Marina del Rey to the south, Venice always has been known to drum to its own beat. It was the hub of the hippie culture in the 1950s and 1960s, and always has attracted the creative and artistic types. Jim Morrison reportedly lived in Venice for two years; it's where he met Ray Manzarek to form the nucleus of the Doors. Venice has had its ups and downs over the years, but thanks to strong community involvement it underwent a major revitalization over a decade ago and emerged as a hip seaside town. A grand opening took place Jan. 15, 2001, to showcase a polished Venice, now a mix of gritty beach charm and upscale neighborhoods attracting singles, couples and families. Today, many parents choose Venice to raise their children and to join civic groups that promote hometown events, such as the Abbot Kinney Festival. The annual September event features local artisan crafts, live music and food. That's not to say that Venice has lost its quirkiness. Far from it. Take a stroll along Ocean Front Walk (the boardwalk) where you'll see street performers, jugglers, musicians, tarot card readers and barely-clad roller-bladers. That hasn't changed. People watching on the boardwalk is still the main attraction. But there are other reasons to visit this eclectic beach town. Surfers are drawn to the Venice Breakwater, a popular, local surf spot located north of the Venice Pier and lifeguard headquarters and south of the Santa Monica Pier. Shoppers dive toward the Abbot Kinney shopping district in Venice's downtown area, bordered by Abbot Kinney and Grand boulevards and Main Street. Downtown Venice is a magnet because of its many bars, nightclubs, art galleries and edgy apparel shops occupying both its older brick and Art Deco storefronts.

hiking
4 months ago

Forget the hippy culture and all the cheesy tee shirt shops. You can turn this into an awesome 8 mile hike by going from Venice Pier to Santa Monica Pier (out and back) along the pedestrian/bike path. Everything you could possibly need is there. Get there early in the morning on the weekends for street parking near the Venice Canals or just pay to park. We did the Venice canals walk on a different day as this will add a few more miles to your 8 mile hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Met up with Cassandra and Rifky

4 months ago

a fun stroll

road biking
no shade
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Quick run on the beach with my dog.

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7 months ago

walking
9 months ago

Not really a trail but actually a paved walkway along the ocean. Have always enjoyed Venice Beach and the diversity of people both locally and internationally. Offers a touristy environment with a lot of shops and places to eat.

walking
Monday, June 11, 2018

Great walk

walking
Saturday, June 02, 2018

Made the trek to Venice Beach from New York a couple years ago...it's a place I wanted to visit for years and I wasn't disappointed!! Loved the vibe and the Southern California sunshine!! Met a bunch of great chill folks on the beach...cannot wait to return someday soon I hope!!

walking
Thursday, February 08, 2018

I love venice beach. Recently walked as much of it as I could with my pup, but would have explored more had I prepared more and brought more water. My favorite stop is the venice art walls. Be careful to stay on the path designated for walkers and not bikers or people on wheels.

walking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A little bit of everything, uniquely beautiful.

walking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Great place to watch people, lots of activities from surfing, volleyball, bike riding, roller-skating/blading, weightlifting, basketball, etc.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

This is made for driving, not walking/biking which most people do in Venice. Either way it was a great guide and showed me where the canals were.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

It's more of a stroll then a hike.

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