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Rancho Palos Verdes Coastal Trail

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Ocean Trails Reserve

Rancho Palos Verdes Coastal Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Rancho Palos Verdes, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 1,020 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Running Beach Views Wildlife No shade
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Over 5 miles worth of scenic ocean trails lined with coastal sage, cacti and native vegetation. This area has interesting television history. In 1996, MTV used surrounding areas of the peninsula to film the MTV Beach House. In addition, FOX filmed scenes from the hit show The O.C in the surrounding area and many of the Disney films - Pirates of the Caribbean were photographed right on this coast.

Time your trip right - find out when low tide is and visit then. This is a great time to spot much sea life and local birds. If you plan your visit in mid January through April, bring binoculars. This is prime migrating season for whale watching.

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L. Austin
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Will Hsu 徐立瑄
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Ammar Nakami
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Love it

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Yoon C
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Great Saturday morning walk!

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Monica Wright
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Nice trail with downhill to the rocky coast and several of the trails to go back uphill can be challenging. Overall it was a nice trail and no shade.

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Jenna Henao
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Scenic hike

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akemi murayama
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A'amna Malik
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Beautiful coastal trail. Well paved. No shade. In full sun it still feels hot in 60 degree weather. The walk down to the beaches are all extremely steep.

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brandon pollack
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nice trail, well maintained. can get busy with people though.

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Claudia Guzman
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christy hall
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Nice and good company

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Steveland Young
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Quintana Corbin
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Trail was very nice, well kept, and the weather was just perfect for a late morning/afternoon hike!

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Seok Joon Choi
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Nice hiking, great sunset!!

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Terree Trillanes
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Tito Hernandez
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Nice views. Rocky but fun to explore and see lots of vegetation and items the tide brings in. Great for pictures.

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Melinda Wu
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Absolutely stunning ocean views all around. Starting at Founders Park (plenty of free parking in lot or along the street) you make your way down to the shore and then back up to the bluffs for the bulk of the trail. This trail is pretty easy and well-maintained with a mix of dirt, paved, and sand. No shade, so bring sunscreen!

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Thierry U
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Martin Nguyen
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10/31/2020 afternoon it was free parking and most of the parking spaces were taken. the trail started around the park before going into a dirt path. this trail has no shade and although it is out and back you go on a detour going back. the detours are a hill and a visit to the bottom shore. overall this hike was scenic and it was cloudy.

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brandi cruz
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epic viewseasy trail

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Jasmin Roberts
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Really beautiful trail. Abuts and shares trails with Trump golf course, so be prepared to see that name. Amazing hike along the cliffs; breathtaking views! Not much traffic on weekdays. Gorgeous walk along the shore too!

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Amit Gaur
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Easily the most beautiful hike in the LA area!

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Chase Quinito
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Anusha Klinder
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really pretty! ocean trail too

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