Shipwreck Trail

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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.

5.9 miles 702 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

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nature trips

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

washed out

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.

hiking
6 days ago

its only rocks hard to enjoy the views because you are always looking down. and the flies are out of control. but

6 days ago

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.

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1 month ago

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.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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.

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3 months ago

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5 months ago

There is no path you walk along the beach. This path is all rocks. Be sure you wear hiking boots. It's hard on the knees.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail! You can make it more difficult by adjusting your starting point (as seen in the map above). Otherwise, there is a large pipe you can scale down about a mile from the shipwreck. The hike itself is just walking on rocks along the shore, but how can you complain? You're at the ocean! Yes, you will see some trash, dead birds, and smell some less than lovely scents, but it's nature, guys. Bring water, sunscreen, and HIKING SHOES. It will hurt otherwise!

5 months ago

The trail was difficult to find. I'm not sure the start point is correct. It was basically hiking on a rocky beach or up top along road. I'm not sure why it was rated difficult either?
Shipwreck site was pretty cool.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome hike! Challenging but worth it! Take lots of water!

hiking
6 months ago

the trail shown above didn't lead you to the ship wreck but it wasn't far off. awesome little hike for being close to home :)