Terranea in Rancho Palos Verdes

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Length: 2.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 7    Average: 2.9/5]

There are multiple trails that overlap and connect in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. One of our favorites for small children/toddlers is the Bluff Top trail. It starts from the parking lot at Pelican Cove Park and follows the bluffs to the Terranea Resort. The trail leads to a sea cave, with several opportunities to explore tide pools along the way. The trail has ropes to help prevent people from getting off trail. On clear days, it also has spectacular views of Catalina Island. Some of the variety of wildlife you can expect to see include crabs, seals, birds, and rabbits.

You can use this same parking lot to descent the Toveemor trail down to the rocky beach below the bluffs. There are still metal remnants from shipwrecks along the beach. The Toveemor trail is about 1/2 mile round trip but is a steep downhill to the beach (which leaves a strenuous climb to get back to the parking lot).

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Trail Features

Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Viewpoint and Wildlife Viewing

The trail follows the bluffs, with views of Catalina and opportunity to explore tide pools and see a sea cave.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

There are several places to park/ several trail heads. For the 2 mile hike, we started at the West Parking Lot near Pelican Cove Park.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 7    Average: 2.9/5]

My name is Nicole Dominick, and I’ve been hiking with Hike it Baby since May 2016 with my daughter. She is now 4.5 years old and has hiked over 400 miles! She has been carried for most of those miles, but we enjoy every journey. We were both born and raised in Southern CA but now live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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