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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.

hiking
6 days ago

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

hiking
6 days ago

This trail is by far one of my favorites in Palos Verdes. Is very scenic . And beautiful. Lost of plants, trees, shade. Great for the little ones. And Also those pups that love to walk.

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rocky
13 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.

Small, short little hike. It is along side a little creek for majority of the hike and there are little places to stop and take a seat if you’d like. There is very little incline during the hike except at the very end. It is also a horse trail, I believe.

Eh. The only reasons I’m giving this three stars instead of two are:
1) can see snow on the mountains
2) I saw butterflies

Otherwise, this trail is pretty boring... essentially through the ‘backyard’ of homes. There is a decent incline at the end (before you turn around).

I did a shortened version of this trail. Same good impression of the first half. The second half had a lot of Foxtail weeds along the path. I missed it before. Not a good thing for young dogs.

A wonderful neighborhood trail. There is one drinking fountain maybe 1.5 miles into the path in the direction I took (along the Torrance/PV Estates boundary), plus infrequent trash cans (I really hate carrying my dog's poop). Met a lot of nice people. Fairly clean trail. A little difficult to follow when you just before the trail crosses PV Drive North. A short portion of this trail is marked Horses Only. Will do again since it's so close to where I live.

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closed
muddy
over grown
private property
washed out
1 month ago

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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muddy
1 month ago

Went after a rain so it was really muddy and slippery on the incline but on the plus side we had the whole trail to ourselves! Super easy and close to the road, so I would barely consider it a “hike” but it was a nice peaceful walk, and smelled amazing from all the flowers and plants. Overall exactly as described, especially the horse poop covering the trail which I could have done without haha

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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.

bird watching
1 month ago

The dry lake bed actually had water from the recent rain and aquatic birds were present. Weather was perfect.

Kid friendly, easy, educational Riparian trail nestled in a Palos Verdes canyon. Quite a few people.

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.

walking
1 month ago

This is my first trail in my 45 Day Challenge. I was really impressed by the views. Nice open trail starts with 143 steps down. When you come to a fork, take the upper. I took the alternate path and ended up doubling back. It didn’t bother me though because I put in additional steps.

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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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muddy
2 months ago

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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.

Good neighborhood walk. As of 1/13/19 the city/Cal Water have the entrance next to the Little League fields (where the reference map shows the trail start/end) blocked for the water pipe upgrade (a photo is posted). I had to use the Buckskin entrance. Lots of small trails. A little difficult to follow the correct path. The path was slippery in places because it rained yesterday. My dog loved the mud.

There are a lot of peacocks in the area. They have a unique call.

walking
2 months ago

Good neighborhood walk if you're in the area. Limited/street parking. Be courteous to the residents. Can get lunch/snack in the Malaga Cove Center at the halfway point (just walk maybe 100' beyond end of trail).

I did again 3/13/19, but extended it to include Malaga Cove. Much better.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike for families. 30-60 minutes.

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

walking
3 months ago

Nice garden for daily exercise and for kids. I go almost every day for exercise and quiet time. Used to be serene, but management wants to "improve" it. There is now way too much grass/tree cutting/chipping and chain sawing (so noisy on some days) and too many vehicles around and about. The name should be changed to South Coast Industrial Garden. But still a nice place to walk, particularly in the rain because the outer circular road (Tram Road) is paved. Good for kids - there's a Fairytale garden, sensory garden (smell and touch aromatic plants), Ficus forest and Koi pond.

This site was a public landfill years ago. Best repurposing ever.

It’s really short, but beautiful and great to do with kids.

We got to the parking with no problem at all. To the left side of the nature center, walk parallel towards the street and shortly after you will see the trailhead. The trail was mostly flat but at the end there was a steady incline. I don't know what people were saying about bringing toddlers on this hike. Those are some active toddlers! My boyfriend has bad knees and he said this was the perfect length. **Watch out for horse poo**!

Not a bad hike especially that I had the trail all to myself. I didn't realize horses took the trail because there was A LOT of horse poop to hop over. The trail would probably be prettier in the Springtime because it was very dry and overgrown when I went plus the stream was all dried up. There's a bit of an incline towards the end. All in all, it's a nice quick quiet trail to getaway and get the heart pumping.

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