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Santa Monica Pier, Boardwalk, and Beach Trail

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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: 39 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

road biking


bird watching



partially paved


wild flowers


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.

4 months ago

interesting walk

Our favorite weekend neighborhood walkabout. Literally never gets old!

4 months ago

A fun stroll at the beach

This is our neighborhood walkabout trail. We love it! When we just need to get out of the house, get some fresh ocean air, stretch our legs, we head out and walk the Palisades Park to the Pier and back. Refreshed, rejuvenated, ready for the next task!

Our neighborhood walkabout route.

9 months ago

Pretty scenic route did the entire Santa Monica Boardwalk, Venice's Boardwalk, and the Venice canals. Overall a great round trip.

Amazing view of sunset

9 months ago

A continuation of the trail northward from Venice Beach. The pier and boardwalk are both touristy with large crowds, but it still makes for a nice outing.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

if I'm not hiking in the canyons, im here waking from Santa Monica Pier to Venice Pier. I live in Venice and never get tired of a fresh beach stroll

Monday, June 11, 2018

Great walk

Thursday, June 07, 2018

There's something that gets me about this walk. Whether it be nostalgia or the people or the views, I always come back to think of this walk. A truly iconic walk if you have never made it from Santa Monica to Venice beach. There's always something new to see and each experience is different from the last. I could spend a whole day and not be able to finish all that this legendary beach strip has to offer. It only leaves me wanting to come back

Thursday, May 24, 2018

If you start in Santa Monica be sure to finish in Venice you won't regret it. This is a must see for anyone in L.A. especially if it's their first time in the area.

road biking
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Took my two girls out for an awesome ride. We started at the Venice trail and rode through to Santa Monica. This is perfect when you have kids because you can take a break on the many playgrounds along the way.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

My favorite pier!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Pointed out a couple things I would have missed.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

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...

Sunday, October 23, 2016

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!

road biking
Thursday, October 13, 2016

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, October 26, 2014

The map here makes it seem like you would walk along the bike path that stretches along the beach. It's paved and very flat but usually windy - which adds an obstacle (the wind typically blows from the north). Alternatively you can walk along the ocean or also climb up to the bluff like the title of this hike suggests. It's a beautiful oceanfront stroll either way.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

This is a great walking area for those that want to be close to shops and the like. It's likely to be crowded if you go on a summer morning though.

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