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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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
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Glendale Peak Hike Griffith Park Riverside Trail East Ridge Trail Henry's Trail to Glendale Peak Trail Los Angeles California
Mount Hollywood and Mount Lee might get the bulk of the summit-bagging hikers in Griffith Park, but Glendale Peak is a fine target of its own, hosting grand views of downtown Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley, and the San Gabriel Mountains. The 1,190-foot peak pokes out above the southeast side of Griffith Park at the end of a ridge that runs down from Mount Hollywood. ... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Hollywood · Summits · Dog-Friendly Trails · Griffith Park · Santa Monica Mountains
Distance: 3.3 miles – Elevation change: 330 - 405 feet
By: Published: Last updated: July 16, 2016
Griffith Park Glendale Peak Mount Hollywood Loop Hike Griffith Park Los Angeles California
It is often said that two is better than one. Take a hike on Glendale Peak – Mount Hollywood Loop and you'll agree – two summits are better than one! Think of this Griffith Park hike like a meal with an appetizer and a main course. Glendale Peak is the appetizer, rising to 1,190 feet with tastier-than-expected views over southeast end of the park toward downtown Los... Read more.
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Distance: 4.15 miles – Elevation change: 765 feet
By: Published: Last updated: July 15, 2016
Strawberry Peak Trail San Gabriel Mountains Angeles National Forest Strawberry Peak Hike
Strawberry Peak holds the distinction of being the highest summit in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains, besting nearby San Gabriel Peak by a just a yard. Measuring 6,164 feet tall, Strawberry Peak is taller than other surrounding mountains like Josephine Peak, Mount Lawlor, and Mount Wilson. A hike to the summit from Red Box Picnic Area on Angeles Crest Highway... Read more.
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Strawberry Peak Trail to Strawberry Meadow Hike San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Strawberry Potrero Angeles National Forest
Strawberry Meadow is an enticing area tucked away on the north side of Strawberry Peak below a massive granite cliff face. Walk into Strawberry Meadow and you might easily feel like you are somewhere in Yosemite National Park, instead of hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles. Find Strawberry Meadow next to a junction between Strawberry Peak Trail and Colby... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: July 12, 2016