Rancho Palos Verdes Coastal Trail

MODERATE 477 reviews
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Rancho Palos Verdes Coastal Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Rancho Palos Verdes, California that offers scenic views 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.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,020 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

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rocky
26 days ago

It’s short and sweet. Enjoyed very much how it’s off the shore. Good spot to hike then meditate afterwards. A lot of uphill, really good work out.

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rocky
1 month ago

There were no closures on this trail when I visited today. A lot of loose dirt on the trails leading down to the ocean; the main trail is relatively kid-friendly but the loop is not; varying inclines and declines. Not much shade to speak of but there is a nice breeze. Very few bugs. Parking is free whether you start the trail at the golf course or in the residential neighborhood (if you’re feeling brave you can start at the location AllTrails has marked as the end of the trail and hike it at night). Good elevation gains, I’ll be back again.

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rocky
1 month ago

Nice hike along seaside cliffs but it was a little warm at 83 deg. Ocean was beautiful and skies were clear.

Great trails with lots of short ups and downs.

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rocky
1 month ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Hot, steep clime back

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rocky
3 months ago

We took the high trail until it looped around and down. Then took a trail down and stayed on the rocks along that water. Was pretty, but a bit difficult to walk on. Granted, we were off trail. Circled back up and finished the rest of the trail. No shade. It was a very foggy, overcast day - super humid.

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rocky
3 months ago

Great trail. Went to the water and made our way back up. That was a steep incline. Other than that easy hike with great views of the ocean!

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3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! It has a good amount of inclines and various terrains. I especially enjoyed hiking along the ocean and mazed my way through rocks and some boulders. It gives a lot for a 5mi hike. Definitely coming back!

Views are beautiful

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3 months ago

Very nice view and fun time near beach..!!!

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3 months ago

Great trail

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4 months ago

This trail was amazing Beautiful view of the ocean Nice and peaceful

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4 months ago

The trail starts at the Trump Golf course. There is a public parking lot reserved for the trails but it is small. We were able to park on the street along Trump National Drive. The trail is fairly easy and mostly flat surfaces. There are some uphill and down hill areas if you go down the off shoots towards the water. We took the lower part of the path on the way out which is fairly easy. The trail ends at a neighborhood about 2.5 miles out. The way back we took the upper route which did have some uphill and down hill rocky areas. Overall, this was a great 5 mile hike with nice oceans views and a great breeze. I recommend you were sunscreen since it's not shaded at all and potentially reapply if you tend to burn.

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

Great trails with beautiful ocean views!

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5 months ago

Nice beautiful view of the ocean. Not crowded. only problem is having to deal with LA traffic.

Easy hike! Lots to see and many options to make your way across.

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6 months ago

Amazing panoramic coastal scenic views and great incline going back to the starting point. Bring your stuff with you if you anticipate hanging out at the beach. Free parking and restroom access. Will be back to dine in at Cafe Pacific. Only completed 3 miles/5 because there is a lot of different routes.

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6 months ago

This is a great trail. Best to do in the morning. Ocean views are spectacular. Cliffs and wild flowers. Bring the dog.

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