Shipwreck Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Palos Verdes Peninsula, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.6 miElevation gain410 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsBeachViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyWashed out
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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.

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Eric Wang
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HikingRocky

This is not a pleasant hike. Sure, there is the ocean and the beachside weather, but it’s difficult to pay attention to that when you need to negotiate every step across the rockiest beach in all Southern California. If you choose to hike this trail, be prepared. Wear appropriate shoes. No Birkenstocks, no flip flops, no streetwear, no clown shoes. Wear hiking shoes or trailrunners; something with ankle stability to avoid injury. I nearly rolled my ankle on an unstable rock on this one. I respect the difficulty of this trail. The jagged, unstable rocks are evidence of how difficult nature really is. The famous shipwreck deep into this trail demonstrates man’s folly for not respecting this Nature. The trail seems otherworldly in a negative way: It saddens me to see so much of the wreckage, detritus and garbage along this trail—it must be difficult to maintain due to rocky terrain. I didn’t see many hikers during this hike—just fishermen, surfers and local teenagers looking for hormonal seclusion. I regret not being able to complete the entire length of the trail, but given the monotony of the rocky walk and limited daylight left, I needed to turn around.

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Vickie Estrada
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It smells really bad

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Don Whisky
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Hiking

great walk! be careful with the rocks they can hurt!

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Chris Waring
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HikingBugsOff trailRocky

Way too rocky, views beautiful at beginning but 99% of the time you’re looking at your feet trying to make sure you don’t step on a loose rock or trash. Trail at the cove 2ish mi in and just walk the street back to the entrance. Dirty, rocky, smelly, buggy, not worth it. Don’t waste your precious beautiful weekend

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Rev Alejo
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HikingRocky

For most of the trail there is no elevation gains except the beginning and return. The difficulty comes with the terrain. Not a sandy beach hike at all. Very large rocks for the entirety of the trail. Concentration is key throughout the hike, if you don't want to fall on loose rocks like I did. Best to stop if you want to enjoy the views before starting up again. Good to say you completed it, but wouldn't be a hike I would on the regular. Wear hiking shoes and lace them tight. Your feet moving around in your shoes are a recipe for blisters and slipping on the rocks...dang rocks...haha

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Haley Thompkins
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Walking

Very very rocky, not kid - friendly. The rocks are terrible to walk on and twisted ankles!! Plus you can barely see the ship wreck! Do not go!

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Conor Kennedy
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Neil Arana
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Hiking

Good views but a lot of bugs once you get down to the beach.

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Jun Im
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Jasmine Kirby
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WalkingGreat!

Obviously there’s so much beauty around you! I am terrified of heights... TERRIFIED and when you first walk down there’s a step downhill slope. Ya girl was scared but i did it! There’s little trails to go down into the rocks but if you just stay on the trail, you’ll end up on the rocks anyways and it’s safer! Dogs are allowed but be mindful there’s so many rocks so take your time, wear shoes!

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Amber Turner
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Great!

I keep going here to see the shipwreck but can never catch it on time please tell me the best time to go so we can see it?

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Stephen Kreiner
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If you don’t like rock-hopping, you’ll hate this. Granted, you’ll also hate some of the best peakbagging I’ve ever done in the West! Shoes with ankle support will be best. It’s probably worth checking a tide chart before going to not get wet or run out of options. The shipwreck is interesting but not impressive. Tons of trash everywhere: this would be a great trail to bring a trash bag on. 3.5/5 stars

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Ruby Arjon
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Sopanna Um
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Hiking

Very Rocky probably will never do it again but I'm glad I completed it.

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Ajay George
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Hiking

the rocks are harsh to walk on.

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Darwin Bernal
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Jenn Verde
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BackpackingMuddyRocky

If you're considering going on this trail, wear sturdy shoes and long socks! We encountered lots of patches of seaweed. The entire trail is on treacherous rock. Be prepared to get wet if the tide is high!

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Kash Mimi
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WalkingGreat!No shade

Main trail to the water with small steep side trails down to the rocks/ waters as well to different rock points. Beautiful hills view

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Samantha Hall
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This is less a trail and more a jumble of rocks just large enough to make walking very difficult. This shipwreck isn't impressive enough to warrant walking all the way out there. The wildlife was worth a trek, but I would go halfway to the wreck and head back.

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Tong Stonehead
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Hiking

Beautiful ocean front, but it's not easy or even difficult for some people to walk on those rocks and muddy road.

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Erin Ryder
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Hiking

Great weather but busy. More of a rocky walk but nice day activity.

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Ryan Sifford
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Hiking

Very slow going, extremely rocky, but beautiful views and cool tide pools

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Sean Huang
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Hiking

Rocks. Rocks. Rocks. Lots of them.

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Daren Burkett
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I mean, it’s 5 stars considering you actually finish and get to the shipwreck. Beware that it’s literally 4 miles of uneven terrain there and back. Good trail though

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Jennie Ciminelli
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Hiking

Awesome. Easy down, much harder up. Beach is very rocky and slippery for dogs.

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Dan Earles
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