Shipwreck Trail is a 5.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Palos Verdes Peninsula, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is a rocky hike along the beach to a shipwreck site. Although the hike is near the road, it has great views. Wear sturdy shoes. Great ocean views, lovely bays, exciting shipwreck to explore, rocky shoreline.
The shipwreck is cool, but the route here is totally off and it really isn't a hike at all. It's basically walking flat on rocks for miles. We drove a little further up and went down the real start of trail and rather than trek back along the rocks we took another dirt trail close to the ship back up (which was very sketchy and dry) then we ran the trail that goes along the road and on the road. It was about 7 miles RT. I'd recommend just driving all the way down to that little trail down and it's a short little trek on the rocks
its only rocks hard to enjoy the views because you are always looking down. and the flies are out of control. but
One of my favorite hikes. The shore is very rocky and slow going, but gives a great workout and unparalleled views. The shipwreck at the end is so cool.
It's a scenic route along the beach, but it's rocky and difficult. The rocks are larger by the water and get smaller as you move farther away from the water.
I suggest hiking carefully over the larger rocks because you can see the awesome tide pools and with them, the little hermits, crabs, anemones, and beautiful colored rocks. However, the rocks are slippery, so don't go too quickly.
The day I went, there was an inordinate amount of kelp flies. Literally swarms of kelp flies and they were everywhere by the smaller rocks. Less so by the larger rocks, but I also ran into some swarms there, though not as dense. There were also so many insects that looked cockroach-like, perhaps silverfish, but they were everywhere. The flies and the bugs made the experience not to be desired. Perhaps they were rampant because I went the day after it rained, not sure.
Very pretty but go in further on down the trail past the swimming pool. Otherwise, you're basically walking in the ocean for the first 1/4 mile.