Palos Verdes Bluffs Trail

MODERATE 431 reviews
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Palos Verdes Bluffs Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rancho Palos Verdes, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
557 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

rock climbing

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

8 days ago

Love the views.....great for a short walk !!!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice views ! Great place to bring your dog

1 month ago

Beautiful views and very peaceful!

1 month ago

Trail was closed today due to maintenance/weather

1 month ago

This place is great for family hikes, easy and fun for kids...one big main trail and small fun rigid trails cut through it.

hiking
2 months ago

Great place for a hike! Love Palos Verdes and the amazing views!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful well maintained trails with fantastic views of the ocean. Most of the trails seemed pretty easy. It is definitely hard to find close parking if you are not there early. Good trail for walking dogs.

hiking
3 months ago

Good hiking, but very difficult to find parking if you don't get there early enough.

hiking
3 months ago

Cool place to take your dog for a nice walk.

hiking
3 months ago

Go early for simple parking. Was a great hike for the dog as well. We will be back.

hiking
3 months ago

Very crowded, hard to find parking but great views.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hiking area! Varied trails which you can take all the way to the shore. Family and pet friendly.

hiking
5 months ago

went with my husband and kids. didn't do the full loop but still had a good time. there are porta potties at the top of the hill but I suggest you bring toilet paper with you. other then that a great hike and we will definitely be going back.

backpacking
7 months ago

This is an excellent trail with wonderful views Palos Verdes is one of the best locations for hiking take your time and really appreciate the fresh air this is definitely something special

8 months ago

I've made these trails into 5 to 6 mile hikes....love hiking here cause I can make a easy short hike into a challenging hike with so many different trails in this area...

hiking
8 months ago

Great first go, challenging but worth it

hiking
8 months ago

Great warm-up like, not overly traveled, beautiful views of the ocean, must remember that it's at elevation in mid day it gets hot. Clearly marked trails can be very challenging. There are maps of the beginning of the trails that are very accurate

9 months ago

Beautiful, scenic views.

hiking
9 months ago

Crowded! Since this became a well-known trail, it seems like a tourist trap in the open land. Mountain biking and hiking groups now in fast this area. Every weekend. Not enough space for so many people to be visiting. Go to Malibu, go to Angeles crest, go to big bear. If you want The "Disneyland" experience, be my guest…

Also some other things to mention…

Unmaintained trails! Too many thistle and fox tail! Fleas and ticks Galore! We finished our hike some more dogs were infested with fleas. I had flea bites all over my legs and arms.. Do not bring your dogs here, if you do, keep them on a leash or they will get covered in the fox tails and you'll have to spend the entire evening plucking fox tails and just close out of there for. Along with the ones that attached to your socks in your pants and your shirts…

Beach access is minimal! Very treacherous trail down to the beach where there is a Co and rocky shoreline. Heavily monitored by the sheriffs department because of so many drownings in the area.

Very nice views of the ocean. But not worth the drive, parking hassle, and dealing with all the people…

10 months ago

I didn't enjoy the straight up hike on the way back due to trail closures. It was not a very pretty hike, to me.

10 months ago

Went yesterday for the first time with my boyfriend. The view is beautiful. We didn't expect to have to go downhill first and when we turned around to go back we had to walk uphill. Got a good workout of it. We would recommend it.

10 months ago

Beautiful view.

hiking
10 months ago

This is a nice little walk. The views on our trail weren't anything to write home about so I wouldn't bother if you're facing a long drive. Came early on a shady day and the enjoyed a pleasant breeze.

10 months ago

Loved this trail. Hiked down the bluffs, saw amazing tide pools. So much marine life. Saw very large abalones. It was a fun hike. Hiking back up the bluffs was easier than hiking down.

10 months ago

Great trails. Some were closed due to being on private property but amazing views

hiking
10 months ago

Tough hike through hills. At the top of Crenshaw.

10 months ago

Beautiful view!

11 months ago

Great day for hiking. Ishibashi trail is in great shape. They just started clearing Paintbrush Trail and it is overgrown and closed about halfway down

11 months ago

Great hike, but check which way you want to come back so you have a way for a round trip

hiking
11 months ago

This loop is really made up of several different intertwining trails. My only complaint was that the trail that starts the ascent/second part of the loop wasn't labeled as the loop trail so I had to keep checking my map to see where to turn uphill - after I had already passed it and hiked more than I planned. Plus, there are a couple of trails closed for repair/maintenance so the outer loop isn't an option.
Otherwise it was a great trail and Ruca had fun! All other dogs were either on leash or extremely well behaved except one, which was a clueless owner with an untrained dog on leash who was very excited but didn't have very good manners.

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