Thanks to the efforts of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, the Palos Verdes Peninsula has a huge number of wonderful hiking trails through undisturbed rolling hills. The following is information on hiking trails throughout the Palos Verdes Peninsula:
Monthly walks led by PVP Land Conservancy --- 310-373-0202 There are a
number of Nature Preserve Areas which are discussed below.
For a good site with hikes mapped out on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Click Here
Palos Verdes Estates :
Trails run along the blufftop at Paseo Del Mar, starting at the northern intersection
of Palos Verdes Drive West in the Margate area of Lunada Bay ( just south of # 4 on map ).
Lunada Canyon, part of the Aqua Amarga Nature Preserve has a hiking trail which
can be accessed at the end of Paseo Lunada just north of Palos Verdes Dr.( #18 on map ) West
in the Lunada Bay area of Palos Verdes Estates. Trailheads are also located on
Posey Way and Rock Park Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes
Also in the city of Palos Verdes Estates, trails head down to the ocean from the
top of several coves, including Bluff Cove ( #4 in map ) and Lunada Bay. One good trail starts on Paseo
del Mar in Malaga Cove, about a half-mile past the Neighborhood Church.
Rancho Palos Verdes:
Peacock Flats at the end of Crenshaw Boulevard offers several miles of trails
( See Virtual 360 view of views from trail). This is adjacent to Del Cerro Park ( #5 in map).
Another good trail starts at the top of the Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve, just off
of Palos Verdes Drive South ( #1 in map ), which heads up to the top of Inspiration Point,
as well as down to the shore at Pirate's Cove.
Trump National Golf Course has fun public access trails along the bluffs ( #23 map ) of the
golf course as well as a trail down to a beach where a lot of people take their dogs.
The Portuguese Bend Nature Preserve also has a system of trails, some of which
are open only to pedestrians, some open only to pedestrians and equestrians, and
others open to bicycles as well as pedestrians and equestrians
Three Sisters Nature Preserve, next to the new Upper Filorium Reserve, can be accessed
from the top of the Peninsula at the end of Ocean Terrace Drive ( south of Crest Road off
of Highridge ,#28-29 map ), and may be accessed at the bottom of the Peninsula off of Barkentine, just
off of Palkos Verdes Drive South. The Upper Filorium Reserve consists of 191-acres acquired
December 31, 2009, which capped a 21-year effort to preserve 900 contiguous acres of protected
open space and create a wildlife corridor by linking the Three Sisters and Portuguese Bend Reserves.
Development of a trail system in this area is currently under study.
The Alta Vicente Preserve consists of 55 acres of land on the slopes below and around the
Rancho Palos Verdes City Hal ( # 3 in map )l with impressive coastal views north over Oceanfront Estates
The Vicente Bluffs Reserve stretches around the bluffs of Lower Point Vicente (6 acres, #25 in map), the
Fishing Access property (9 acres, # 30 in map), and the habitat areas within the Oceanfront Estates
project (69 acres, #25 in map ).
Photo by Lawrence Chan
The Forrestal Preserve area also offers an extensive system of trails (See Forrestal Trail System, , #11-14 in map ))
The George F. Canyon Nature Center, located at #16 in map,, offers excellent hiking trails.
Martingale Trailhead Park has a trail system serving the cities Rancho Palos Verdes,
Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates
The Terranea Resort ( # 17 in map ) has public access trails along the bluffs below the Resort
Rolling Hills Estates: A good trail starts near the entrance of Academy Hill,(#9 in map )This trail wanders all the way up to the Chadwick School.
Dogs are allowed on all of the trails above, except for Abalone Cove, but must be on-leash, with the dog
owners carrying a "poop" bag to clean up after their dogs.
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