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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Griffith Observatory East Observatory Trail Griffith Park Vermont Canyon hike to Griffith Observatory Los Angeles California
Griffith Observatory sits on a ridge between Vermont Canyon Road and Western Canyon Road on the slopes of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park. Griffith Observatory is a true Los Angeles landmark that can be appreciated by arriving by trail instead of driving up the park roads. Take West Observatory Trail if you wish to hike to Griffith Observatory from Western Canyon or follow... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Hollywood · Observatories · Dog-Friendly Trails · Griffith Park · Santa Monica Mountains
Distance: 1.5 miles · Elevation change: 380 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 5, 2016
Arroyo Sequit Park Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Arroyo Sequit Nature Trail
Take a trip to Arroyo Sequit Park to hike a short loop through a tucked-away pocket of the Santa Monica Mountains, The park is situated along Mulholland Highway inland of Leo Carrillo State Park and below the range's most rugged peaks. The surroundings for this 2.05 miles hike are beautiful. Arroyo Sequit Nature Trail has 285 feet of elevation change, winding over and... Read more.
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Nicholas Flat Trail Willow Creek Trail Ocean Vista Hike Malibu Leo Carrillo State Park Scenic Loop hike Santa Monica Mountains
At the west end of Malibu where Mulholland Highway meets PCH, you'll find Leo Carrillo State Park. Well known for its beaches and surfing, this park has offerings for hikers too, like the trek up Nicholas Flat Trail to an oak-wrapped grassland with a small pond, which is 7 miles round trip or more. For a shorter hike, combine the bottom of Nicholas Flat Trail with Willow... Read more.
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Tagged with · California State Parks · Leo Carrillo State Park · Malibu · Ocean Views · Santa Monica Mountains
Distance: 2.05 miles · Elevation change: 620 feet
By: Published: Last updated: September 14, 2016
Nicholas Flat Trail Hike Malibu Leo Carrillo State Park Nicholas Flat Natural Preserve Santa Monica Mountains California
Nicholas Flat Trail is a three-mile long 'ocean to mountains' trail beginning within Leo Carrillo State Park, just across PCH from a famous beach at the west end of Malibu. The single-track trail travels up a coastal ridge past two vista points (and lots of other ocean views) to reach Nicholas Flat, where grassy meadows are rimmed by oak trees. A small network of trails... Read more.
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Dixie Canyon Park Hike Sherman Oaks Santa Monica Mountains
Dixie Canyon Park preserves twenty tucked-away acres in the Santa Monica Mountains on the north side of the range west of Coldwater Canyon. The park can be accessed from Sherman Oaks for a micro hike that is 0.55 miles round trip with 175 feet of elevation change. This partial loop follows a dirt single track that is narrow and sometime overgrown, finding shade from walnut... Read more.
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Tagged with · Sherman Oaks · Dog-Friendly Trails · Santa Monica Mountains
Distance: 0.55 miles · Elevation change: 175 feet
By: Published: Last updated: August 2, 2016