Nature hike at Ocean Trails Reserve in Palos Verdes Peninsula California USA


Here’s a hike where the payoff comes with every step you take, not just in a hero view from a summit perch. The oceanside trails of Rancho Palos Verdes keep the dramatic Pacific in sight—and its breezes on your skin—all along the 5 miles of clearly marked paths of the Ocean Trails Reserve. They take you from the sand on the shore to a balcony view of the blue horizon.

The reserve has 65 acres of restored habitat for the local seagulls and California gnatcatchers. The surrounding beach areas served as a filming spot for the Fox series The O.C., and Disney filmed scenes for multiple _Pirates of the Caribbean _films along the bluffs and coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

For a great 3-mile (round-trip) out-and-back sampling of the trail network, start on a sidewalk through Founder’s Park, which is surrounded by a golf course. Head toward the water to a dirt pathway on the west side that leads to Sunset Trail. (It easily lives up to its name.) A series of short switchbacks lead down to the beach. The trail (now called Sunrise) then turns eastward and takes you along the bluffs for a quarter-mile before ascending to the top of the cliffs to link into Catalina Trail. If you want another close-up of the gentle surf, you can trek down the steep switchbacks of Dudleya Trail—it forks down from Catalina Trail and traces the rocky beach for a half-mile before ascending back up to rejoin Catalina Trail. Catalina Trail follows the edge of the coastal ridge through the Ocean Trails Reserve for a mile and concludes at the fork of Sagebrush Walk and Gnatcatcher Trails. Are the views just as great on the return trip? Duh. #palosverdes #oceantrailsreserve #besthikes #placestovisit #ThingsToDo #redondobeach #losangeles #besttrails

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