Hikes on the 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.
Hiking Palos Verdes Peninsula
This collection of trails on the Palos Verdes Peninsula lists the hikes from north to south. 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, elevation profile, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these hikes. An interactive map is also included.
|Lunada Canyon Trail
This short trail explores an overgrown canyon between two residential ridges inland of Lunada Bay.
200 - 550 feet
This level family-friendly hike explores scenic coastal bluffs north of the historic Vicente Point Lighthouse on Palos Verdes Peninsula.
|Portuguese 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.
This short loop in Forrestal Nature Reserve delivers lots of ocean views as it circles an old bowl-shaped quarry.
|Deane Dana Friendship Park
This loop circles a park with panoramic ocean views over the south end of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
| 1.1 miles
|White 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