Santa Monica Pier, Boardwalk, and Beach Trail

EASY 26 reviews

Santa Monica Pier, Boardwalk, and Beach Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Monica, 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
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
52 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

surfing

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Soak up local history and stroll the zany boardwalk to Venice Beach. Bordered by Venice to the south and Malibu to the north, Santa Monica's claim to fame is its historic pier, built in 1909. The pier, which also marks the finish line for Route 66, is the most practical place to begin a walking tour of Santa Monica. You can park on the pier itself or in the adjacent beach parking lot. Standing on the pier, you get a seagull's view of the beautiful coastline and boardwalk. Within Santa Monica's 8.3 square miles are many dining, shopping and lodging choices. Many (if not most) of these establishments are located near the beach. Dining choices range from classic diners to award-winning, upscale restaurants. The nice thing is you don't have to pay hefty prices for meals while enjoying ocean views. All along the pier and boardwalk you'll find good, affordably priced eateries. Ditto for entertainment. Enjoy free to low-cost shows. Besides the regular cast of street performers, catch a seasonal free concert or outdoor movie on the beach.

Beautiful setting with tons of people running, walking and biking. Area with gymnast rings, bars, ropes etc.

hiking
1 month ago

walking
4 months ago

walking
4 months ago

5 months ago

Fun easy walk.... one of the most beautiful sunsets.

trail running
5 months ago

walking
5 months ago

5 months ago

walking
5 months ago

My favorite pier!

walking
6 months ago

7 months ago

10 months ago

Pointed out a couple things I would have missed.

road biking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Stayed in a hotel by the pier for a month for work and walked miles and miles of the surrounding beaches and bike routes. Great month...

trail running
10 months ago

As easy as it gets, but that doesn't make it any less beautiful. Almost always crowded, so go before 8am if you want a peaceful run with few people!

walking
10 months ago

road biking
11 months ago

This is a paved flat trail with generally a lot of traffic. Maybe not a locals favorite but definitely I nice low key thing to do when Visitors come into town. It's cool to go from Santa Monica to Venice and see all the artsy crazy that comes with that. I've lived here for about 7 years and have rented a bike to ride along this trail maybe 3 times?

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016