Palos Verdes Bluffs Trail

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Palos Verdes Bluffs Trail is a 4.3 kilometer heavily 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: 4.3 km Elevation Gain: 170 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

rock climbing

walking

bird watching

running

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

no shade

hiking
no shade
1 day ago

hiking
no shade
over grown
1 day ago

Great trail, we did the bluffs and went off on a side trail that almost landed us on PV road. It very heavily trafficked. So many people on the main trail but if you venture off you will find solitude. It is HOT! Barely any shade, there are some shady spots to drop off and catch a breath but come prepared with water, hat, sunscreen. Some of the side trails are closed and enforcement was present. Aside from the mass amount of people it’s a great workout!

hiking
closed
no shade
1 day ago

Nice trail, dogs are allowed on leash. Came on a Friday morning a little after 9 and it was pretty crowded by then. Sadly, about 2 miles in. the trail was closed off, so we were forced to turn around. Also, no shade, wear sunscreen & a hat!

hiking
2 days ago

Just came back from here about 1 hr ago with some friends I like it nice view it stinks and wish ppl would pick they horse poop up but cool trail

hiking
bugs
over grown
4 days ago

Nice trail! lot of trails attached to the main trail that leads to the beach. Lots of beautiful views! A must hike!

hiking
5 days ago

5/27/20 9 am -11 am Open to public, but should wear a mask. It is very easy to keep distance when walking on the trail. Sometimes the trail will get narrow but mostly everyone there kept their mask on. I Really Enjoyed this hiking/ walking trail. We saw a herd of goats at the entrance which was entertaining haha. There are two portable potties if you absolutely need to go. Scenery was beautiful & fresh!! Couldn’t see the ocean because it was foggy down there. Did 2.5 miles roughly for the complete loop around and walked through a couple different trails within the loop. Easy to follow trail & clear paths. Moderate hike.

hiking
no shade
5 days ago

Good for a workout, short enough to be done in the morning before starting your day, but long enough to feel like you’ve done some exercise. Very little shade so wouldn’t recommend for a middle of the day hike. Nice views and surroundings, lots of lizards, birds and flowers to see. Parking is limited so could be one to avoid on the weekends at busy times.

hiking
no shade
6 days ago

It’s a great trail! I was really tired like 3/4 of the way. The only issue I have is that there’s no shade and it was hella hot! Make sure u bring enough water and a hat with some sun screen. Over all great hike!

hiking
7 days ago

PARKING Better start early to get the prime spots. This hike is pretty popular and arriving after 9AM during the weekend means doing laps around the area to get parking. Be mindful of the residence that live in the area. WEAR YOUR MASK AND KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCE RULES IN MIND! Thank you :) HIKE The hike itself is pretty maintained and there are branching trails (some are closed) if you want to get away from all the foot traffic. There are a couple porta-potties near the entrance if needed. Speaking of, can pet owners PLEASE pick up after your pet? Be responsible. :) Despite it being well maintained, saw some masks, gloves, water bottles laying around in random areas. Take your trash with you or secure your belongings so they don't fall out. Beautiful sceneries if you take the path that takes you up on a hill. :)

This trail is open! Fun trail, solid little workout. You can do this trail more than once and have a completely different experience because of all of the little off trails. Good stuff!

hiking
no shade
over grown
scramble
16 days ago

Again, like all the trails in Palos Verdes we should AVOID AT ALL COSTS! Jumping and biting Flea infested, blood thirsty Rattlesnakes, and blood sucking ticks. Trails are overgrown and not safe for human visitation. See pics of our most recent encounter!

hiking
2 months ago

Closed 3/31/20

hiking
no shade
over grown
3 months ago

Great views and a good trail for beginners, it starts descending down for half of the hike, allowing for a great warm up before you get to the incline part. The incline is gradual and not too steep.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is OPEN. Nice quick walk with lovely ocean views in the middle. Watch out for a bunch of bees in the bushes on the right side when you go down to the narrow trail from the main trail...

hiking
closed
3 months ago

Nice views from the ocean cliffs at the turaround, but otherwise a heavily trafficked, noisy trail (lots of leaf blowers and weed wackers in the surrounding neighborhood. There is a poorly marked/built section where you have to walk on the shoulder of a somewhat busy road. Good for dogs, but watch for bikes and snakes.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is permanently closed.

hiking
8 months ago

Very nice trail with awesome views. It’s relatively easy to climb up and down the trails from Cliffside to Beaches along the way. If you are very observant you’ll be able to spot the WWII bunker adjacent to the trail. The bunker has three levels under ground typically three gunner mounts with a bunk room on the bottom level. The bunker is sealed but once you spot it you’ll see they are so hard to find.

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

I agree with previous reviews that there's no shade, super hot during the day, and very dusty. Prepare for a big climb coming back, but great views! Rattlesnakes abound, however.

hiking
bridge out
off trail
washed out
8 months ago

Great I b

hiking
bugs
over grown
8 months ago

In April, the flowers bloom and it’s the most instagramable place. It has a view of the ocean and mountains and it’s beautiful.

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