Palo Verdes Peninsula

If you are looking for trails with ocean views, Palos Verdes Peninsula is the place in LA County.  Choose challenging hillside trails through grasslands and coastal sage scrub on the inland side or easy to moderate bluff top trails with beach access.  A number of accessible tidepools are found along the rocky shoreline.  During winter and spring months you are likely to see migrating whales not far from shore. 
Click on the pictures or links below for more info.

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The park includes Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove.  Bluff top trails, beach and tidepool access and great views of the rocky shorelines.  Catalina Island is visable on a clear day. 

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Nature center, California native plant gardens, both flat trails and hillside trails leading through wildflower and grassland fields with ocean views.

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Point Vicente
Tour a working lighthouse, views of migrating whales, Calif. native plant gardens, visitor center, gift shop and bluff top nature trails with ocean views.

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Forrestal Reserve, Palos Verdes Nature Preserve
Hillside trails through coastal sage scrub, geological formations, ocean views include Sacred Cove and Abalone Cove.  Trails connect to Portuguese Bend Reserve.

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George F Canyon Preserve
Stein/Hale Nature Trail

3/4 mile trail up a canyon following along a running creek and Willow-Riparian habitat.  At the end trail loops around, returning back the same way, total 1.5 miles in and out.
 

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Portuguese Bend Reserve

399 acre preserve, muli-use and hiking only trails, ocean views, Catalina Island views, sits above Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve.  Main trail winds down the reserve with many trails looping off the main trail.

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Ocean Trails Ecological Reserve

Ocean Trails Ecological Reserve

Bluff top ocean view trails stretching from Trump's National Golf Club to Shoreline Park (for about 1 mile down the coast from the golf course).  Several challenging beach access trails down the bluffs.  Beautiful rocky shoreline views, Santa Catalina Island visible on a clear day.

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Terranea Discovery Trails

Terranea Discovery Trails

Ocean front trails, view of Santa Catalina Island on clear days, sea caves, tidepools, rocky shoreline scenic views.  Mostly flat, easy trails.

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More Information
Detailed trail maps of PV, by area:
http://mtbpv.org/

Palos Verdes Peninsula Trail Map (shows general trailhead locations):
http://www.terranea.com/pdf/PVPLC-TrailGuide.pdf

George F. Canyon Trail Map:
http://www.palosverdes.com/naturecenter/trail.html

Natural Preserves (descriptions) at Palos Verdes Peninsula:
http://www.pvplc.org/land/portuguesebend/areas.shtml

Historical & visiting information for Pt. Vicente Lighthouse:
http://www.palosverdes.com/pvlight

General info on PV, everything from nature trails to restaurants:
http://wikitravel.org/en/Palos_Verdes
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