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Palos Verdes Views

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Great coastline and island views, pleasant pine knoll
Near:Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Distance:1.6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:350 ft
Hike Time:1 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: The is a short, pleasant hike that provides you with spectacular views of the Palos Verdes coastline. Catalina Island is clearly visible, and if the day is really clear you can see San Nicholas Island 70 miles out to sea. When you park your car in Del Cerro Park, walk up the grassy hill a few hundred feet to a great overlook. Next, double back to the street to the gate at the end of Crenshaw. Walk for about a half mile down the fire road to a small knoll covered with pine trees. Head left up a short trail to the pine trees for a great 150 degree view of the Palos Verdes coastline and islands.

While you are in the area, check out some of the million dollar homes, the wayfarers chapel, and some lovely paths along the edge of the peninsula. Note that the Shipwreck Trail described on this web site is also in this general area.

Trailhead: From the 405 in Torrance, follow Crenshaw Blvd south to its end in Palos Verdes. Park in the Del Cerro Park, and walk a few hundred feet to the gate at the end of Crenshaw. Step around the gate, and follow the fire road. (Lat:33.75767 Lon:-118.36832)
Trail Guides for Palos Verdes Views:
Afoot & Afield In Los Angeles
by Jerry Schad  (Wilderness Press)

Hike Los Angeles Volume 1
by Dennis Gagnon  (Western Tanager Press)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes
Ranger Contact: LA Parks 213-738-2961
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted  104 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 6   Submit your own review
Reviewed by DS on 12/28/2011
Went hiking today with my children. We had so much fun. The various trails were challenging yet easy enough for my 5 year old to complete the hike. I really love that it is easy to locate. Parking was great and the ocean scenery was super! We will be back soon.

Reviewed by Hatter on 7/6/2011
Good views of ocean, but not much else to see, verry easy on most of the trails

Reviewed by OTC LA on 6/7/2011
This isn't just one trail, but a series of trails ranging from easy to advanced, letting everyone from hikers to mtn bikers get a great workout. The hills can be brutal, but the views more than make up for it For photos and more tips on how to get the most out of the trails, check this

Reviewed by HikerGurl on 4/3/2011
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Reviewed by Guillermo on 11/2/2010
Ido this hike almost every week to walk my dog I make it a 5 mile from mesa park to ladera park in and out wit almost 1000 elevation gain across the palos veredes Dr. is fouders park right inside theb trump golf course next to the beach abouth 6 miles dogs are alowed if you want a detail topomap of this trails go to

Reviewed by cl on 5/25/2010
absolutely beautiful day to walk the path, it looks great, colors are stunning, paths are clear, sky was blue and wonderful time.

Reviewed by Travellite on 4/4/2010
Went on this hike last Friday (4-2-2010). Amazing how fast the vegetation grew back after the fire. A few burnt trees here and there but other that that you'd never guess there was a fire here last summer. This trail has lots of "sub-trails" that can mix you up a bit, especially coming back up from the ocean, but a great hike nonetheless. Some parts lean towards the steep side. Great exercise - nice "pre-game warm-up" for bigger out of town hikes.

Reviewed by 4Paws Dad on 2/25/2010
I LOVE this hike and Del Cerro Park has some of the BEST views in PV. BUT WARNING: BE CAREFUL THIS YEAR! I was recently on a hike in this park with my dog (Late January, 2010), and BOTH OF US came out with Ticks attached. My dog had a tick in his leg and another on his under-belly... and I had one climb up my shorts and embed itself on my inner thigh... sneaky bastard. If I am already picking up ticks in February... that means it's gonna be a LONG flea and tick infested summer. Just make sure your dog (and you) are "flea/tick" repelanted before the hike... then check everyone and everything AFTER the hike.

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