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“A hiking trail on top of a bluff overlooking the ocean”

Palos Verdes Shoreline Park
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

There is a fence protecting you from the edge of the cliff, which is a steep drop-off. This is near the Point Vicente Lighthouse, There is an absolutely marvelous hiking trail, overlooking the ocean. It's an easy walk, mostly flat, with spectacular views. Further, there is a small museum called the The Point Vicente Interpretive Center. Tiny, but worthwhile. A whale skeleton, some amazing prehistoric fossils and other interesting stuff.

4  Thank Ambersea
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

Not a beach to stay and enjoy the day, but definitely a fun getaway for a good hike

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Reviewed March 14, 2012

enjoyed our time on the palos verdes peninsula, quiet, interesting, great ocean views, even saw some whales!! nice to get away from the bustle of LA/Hollywood, not far from LAX

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Reviewed January 14, 2012

Shoreline Park is part of the Ocean Trails Ecological Preserve which starts at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes extending down the coast for about 1 mile ending with Shoreline Park. Free parking is available at the golf course (public access parking lot), address is 1 Ocean Trails Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes. (Note this is not the same park as Abalone Cove Shoreline Park also in Rancho Palos Verdes.) Shoreline Park is more of a nature reserve than a beach, a great family friendly eco tour along the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula shoreline.

On 1/14/2012 we walked the bluff top trail (Catalina Trail) from the golf course to Shoreline Park. This particular trail is easy and includes beautiful rocky shoreline views plus views of Catalina Island. Kelp beds are visible nearshore, we spotted dolphins and sealions near the kelp beds. On the way to Shoreline Park via Catalina Trail at least two side trails (very steep) lead down the bluffs to the tidepools.

Catalina Trail ends at Shoreline Park's Gnatcatcher Trail & Sagebrush Walk Trail--we did a loop thru Shoreline Park taking Gnatcatcher Tr to Shoreline Park Trail to SageBrush Walk Trail and then walked down a shorter but steep bluff trail to the beach. We returned back to the parking lot at Trump National Golf Course via Sagebrush Walk Trail back on Catalina Trail. We had a toddler in a stroller and a 5 year old, both enjoyed the walk. The adults found the trails at Shoreline Park to be challenging and a great workout. Not too many people on the trails. This is also a dog friendly walk.

I don't find much information on this park or an actual official webpage specific either to Shoreline Park or Ocean Trails Ecological Reserve. I believe the reserve is managed by Palos Verdes Land Conservancy (www.pvlc.org) however I don't see it listed on their website. See http://www.caopenspace.org/oceantr.html for detailed trail pics, links to trail maps and directions. No restroom facilities are located in the park or anywhere in the nature reserve. Public restrooms can be found at the golf resort (look for the signs).

5  Thank CindyC1
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Reviewed April 7, 2017
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