Explore the most popular Beach trails near Palos Verdes Peninsula with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Not sure if I got the right trail, but I took Bluff Cove Trail down to the beach, and just walked along the rocky beachside. Been to Bluff cove a lot, but never past the first sewer pipe. This time, I went along the rocky shore all the way around the bend (past 3 drainage pipes). Some graffiti art, and few litter that made for neat pics. Made my way to some other drainage pipe that many were coming down from, so I took it up and walked the flatter, upper trails the rest of the way back. i'd label as moderate hike as it was rather long and the stones you walk over really got my feet hurting.

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5 days ago

Very rocky. Kids got tired so we turned back. Beautiful coast.

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rocky
12 days ago

It’s rocky so you definitely need hiking boots. It’s slow paced because of how careful you’ll have to be when stepping on the rocks. I was over the trail after arriving to the shipwreck. One down side is that you’ll have to walk back on all those rocks but their is a steep trail by Oakley RD and Paseo Del Mar that gets you back to the road. It’s past the shipwreck in Lunada Bay. If you have Google maps, it shows you the trail that leads to the road. (33.7721520, -118.4230072) coordinates to the shortcut to the road. It was fun, be sure to bring snacks and water.

This is a good walk starting along the Malaga Cove beach and then up through the Lunada Canyon. The second half is a descent mostly on city streets and then a small cute canyon through Palos Verdes (parallel to the 'official' path). There were very few people on the trail today which was pleasant. The one short steep slope in Lunada Canyon was slippery (due to recent rains), but manageable. The canyon was lush green (my dog loved it). Would have been 5 stars if fewer city streets.

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rocky
1 month ago

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off trail
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

Well I certainly would not call this an easy trail. Please beware.
1. The trail leads down to the rocky beach so make sure to have a sturdy hiking boot.
2. Find or bring a walking stick.
3. Check the high tide report. I was not able to make it all the way around the bend because water came too close at some point.

Aside from that, it got my adrenaline going. Not because it was difficult but because you have to watch every step while racing to get to your destination before a possible tide comes in.

This is a very nice and wide open trail with great views. No major hills. If you suffer from vertigo, this might not be the trail for you. Will for sure come back to this one.

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no shade
1 month ago

Started this trail on the ocean side with beautiful views, then went through some nature reserve. One steep include and moderate inclines throughout. Not a lot of shade. Lots of residential. I’d recommend turning back at the half way point (see trail map). Second half of the loop is all through residential streets. Trail is not marked well and had to use the trail map. Might consider bringing a battery pack for phone if you’re using the trail map the entire hike.

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bugs
scramble
2 months ago

definitely need hiking boots. when the reviews say rocky, they mean it's literally 3.5hrs of traverseing a continuous pile of loose rocks.

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rocky
2 months ago

Shannon Bustos review is spot on - the end of this trail is very rocky and at 66, my balance isn't what it used to be. If you just do the portion down to the rocky beach (0.6 mi round trip) it's a pleasant hike. A lot of people take their dogs (I did). There are a lot of surfers using this trail and can tell you about alternate, more dangerous, trails to the water. The bluffs trail off of Paseo del Mar has a good view of this trail.

It's a pleasant little walk, if you don't mind a lot of people. There are some challenging trails leading down the cliff from the bluffs, but since the ground was wet from recent rains, and since I had my 5 month old puppy, I did not consider doing them. One guy told me the surfers wear soccer cleats when it's slippery to go down the steep hills. Nice ocean views, particularly of the start of the Shipwreck Trail.

This is a fun trail. You can make it easy by staying the course or more adventurous by exploring new ways down!!!!

4 months ago

Trail head was difficult to ID at first, but after asking around, we parked at Paseo Del Mar & Avenida Mirola. The view is amazing. Very rocky path.

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4 months ago

Mostly residential with a path through nature reserve. Not a lot of ocean view but the homes are beautiful and so quiet. Unfortunately so much was pavement.

This is definitely hard but we enjoyed the adventure. Backpacked our little one down the whole way and stayed low. Our 7yr old son was very into it. When it comes to walking on rocks the whole way we didn't really mind it and it was fun working our way to the end.

Didn't really enjoy it. Walking on rocks all the time and the shipwreck is not worth it.

Wear real hiking boots or hard soled shoes. You can actually drive down closer to the start of the real trail. The All Trails App has you starting in the neighborhood and walking half a mile up the trail start. Some parts might be tricky during high tide so be mindful.

on Shipwreck Trail

hiking
6 months ago

It was well worth the millions of rocks we had to walk through. We recorded about 6.5 miles total maybe because we took the long way. I’d recommend coming back up past the shipwreck to just walk a regular path back which was probably around 3.3 miles.

Loved the solitude. Extremely rocky but brautiful. Ruined a boot and was saved by a cole haan shoe that I came across and salvaged the lace. Be wary of the tides

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6 months ago

I took the drain pipe down to the shore and veered left heading to the shipwreck. It’s a long haul through often unstable rocks. I would not recommend this part of the hike for small children and dogs, nor would I recommend hiking this section alone unless you are an experienced hiker. It would be very easy to turn an ankle, and I had no phone/internet connection while I was at the shore. Once you reach the shipwreck, you have the option of scaling the cliff wall with hands and feet (dangerous and not recommended) or turning back to go the way you came in. Either option is unsavory if you are injured or exhausted. In the end, I’m glad I went. The wreck had some creepy factor to it which was fun, but I would not do it again by myself!

hiking
6 months ago

Had a good time. Started at the parking lot right where Paseo del Mar splits off from Palos Verdes Blvd. There are a couple of ways to go down the bluff but I ended up taking the Drain Pipe way. This trail is hard only in the sense that getting down and back up the bluff is a shuffle and the whole trail is on rocks. Would def recommend taller hiking shoes for ankle support and cushy socks.

Fun hike. I recommend climbing up to the neighborhood via the trail near the cliff at the end and doubling back that way to get the elevated view.

on Shipwreck Trail

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7 months ago

Great, beautiful challenging hike. My family are all avid hikers and this one was a bit difficult because of the rocks. I have weak ankles and even with wearing hiking boots with great support, two days after the hike it feels like my ankle has a mild sprain. However, DO NOT let that keep you from going on this hike! I loved it so much! We went down the area with the ropes and followed the shore all the way past the shipwreck and then up the steep hill back to the road. We didn’t stop at all because we were concerned about high tide closing us in, but we were still out there at high tide. The path was pretty narrow in some spots, but didn’t keep us from going through. We loved all the little crabs in between the rocks as we went! The only thing that I wasn’t too fond of was the seaweed. It was very slippery! We took a 8 and 10 year old. The 8 year old had a hard time by the end, but he doesn’t go on as many hikes as my son (the 10 year old). If you just want to see the shipwreck, I recommended going backward on the trail from this map and then going back. It’s much shorter and easier for those who don’t want to deal as much with the rocks. We started about 8 am and finished about 12 pm. We didn’t see any other hikers the whole time, just every once in a while we would see people fishing.

The views were amazing, but I'm not really sure the hike should be rated at "hard". There is minimal ascending or descending. Great for a few hours and head past the shipwreck for more amazing views.

Nice gentle walk along the cliff.

hiking
7 months ago

An amazingly beautiful hike!!! Took two groups there and it was really great fun! We used the rope to get down the cliff which was a great call and hiking along the water is fun and challenging at the same time. We actually climbed up the cliff about a half a mile after the shipwreck and then it’s about an 8 minute drive back to the car! I highly recommend this hike!!!

This map leads you to a trailhead that is about 3+ miles from the shipwreck. I may have missed the actual trailhead because I just went straight down to the beach and started scrambling over rocks. It was a tough walk doing the full 3 miles. Definitely wear good hiking boots with ankle support and check for low tide. I wouldn't bring a dog. All the rocks would have to be rough on their paws. When leaving I doubled-back for about a mile and took a trail up to the main road.You could start nearer these entrance trails to reduce your rock hiking. There are a few off of Palos Verdes Drive.

Not worth it

on Shipwreck Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Very cool. Needs sturdy shoes with good wet-grip. Check the high-tide time or you will be soaked up to your waist when passing some locations.

hiking
8 months ago

Takes a lot of effort. Do not under-estimate this trail. Damp ocean air and exposure to Sun makes you very tired. Navigating around the rocks and being careful not to slip takes a lot of energy, also. Check the high-tide time and not get trapped. If you cannot manage to get back to the trail head before the high tide, expect to be soaked up to your waist at some places. Get a hiking shoe or boot with really good wet grip.

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