Hikes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula

Below is a collection of trails on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. These hikes are listed from north to south, but the table may also be sorted alphabetically or by distance to help you pick your next hike. Each trail links to its own report complete with photos, GPS maps, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these hikes. An interactive map is also included.

Highlights of Palos Verdes Peninsula

  • This 1.5-mile hike is level and family friendly, exploring scenic coastal bluffs north of the historic Vicente Point Lighthouse on Palos Verdes Peninsula.
  • This 1.1-mile loop circles a park with panoramic ocean views over the south end of Palos Verdes Peninsula.
  • This 1.25-mile loop in Forrestal Nature Reserve delivers lots of ocean views as it circles an old bowl-shaped quarry on Palos Verdes Peninsula.
  • This 1 to 1.9-mile trail explores an overgrown canyon between two residential ridges inland of Lunada Bay on Palos Verdes Peninsula.
  • This 1 to 2.5-mile loop on Palos Verdes Peninsula explores an open space containing a military bunker built to defend the west coast during World War II.

Hiking Palos Verdes Peninsula

From a distance, this picturesque peninsula in the southwest corner of Los Angeles County can appear like an island, hovering above the haze of Santa Monica Bay. The peninsula feels far away too, with rugged bluffs that look more like the Central Coast than waterfront typically found around Los Angeles. Parks and reserves throughout Palos Verdes create pockets of green spaces that are prefect for short day hikes. Take a quick trip to a far away place.

Trail
Description
Distance
Location
Palos Verdes Lunada Canyon900Lunada Canyon Trail
This short trail explores an overgrown canyon between two residential ridges inland of Lunada Bay.
1-1.9 miles
200 - 550 feet
33.768338,
-118.410966
Palos Verdes Seascape Trail910Seascape Trail
This level family-friendly hike explores scenic coastal bluffs north of the historic Vicente Point Lighthouse on Palos Verdes Peninsula.
1.5 miles
40 feet
33.747208,
-118.411742
Portuguese Bend Reserve Palos Verdes Peninsula915Portuguese Bend Reserve
This double loop explores the scenic coastal hillsides and canyons in Portuguese Bend Reserve on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and can easily be shortened to 3 miles round trip by omitting the lower loop.
5.15 miles
975 feet
33.75765,
-118.3673
Palos Verdes Quarry Loop920Quarry Loop
This short loop in Forrestal Nature Reserve delivers lots of ocean views as it circles an old bowl-shaped quarry.
1.25 miles
325 feet
33.737639,
-118.347464
Deane Dana Friendship Park925Deane Dana Friendship Park
This loop circles a park with panoramic ocean views over the south end of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
1.1 miles
200 feet
33.731209,
-118.319147
Palos Verdes White Point930White Point Nature Preserve
This loop on Palos Verdes Peninsula explores an open space containing a military bunker built to defend the west coast during World War II.
1 to 2.5 miles
150 feet
33.716086,
-118.315161
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