Palos Verdes Estates Shoreline Preserve

Palos Verdes Estates Shoreline Preserve, located in Los Angeles, CA, is an incredible environmental gem. It has an abundant number of trails for hiking and biking and spectacular panoramic views.

The Palos Verdes Estates Shoreline Preserve consists of nearly three square miles along the Pacific Ocean in Southern California at the very edge of Los Angeles. The area is home to several endangered species and also provides a resting place for migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway.

The Palos Verdes Estates Shoreline Preserve was established in 1980 after a group of concerned citizens formed an organization called PALOS (Preserving and Accomplishing Long Term Survival). With the help of many local volunteers, this non-profit organization was able to create the Palos Verdes Estates Shoreline Preserve.

The Palos Verdes Estates Shoreline Preserve is located along the coast of Redondo Beach, Torrance, and Palos Verdes Estates.

Palos Verdes Estates Shoreline Preserve Attractions

The Palos Verdes Estates Shoreline Preserve offers a plethora of activities for visitors to enjoy including surfing, biking, hiking, and bird watching.

There are many different trails throughout the preserve that have been made accessible to the public. There is a variety of difficulty levels as well as distances so there is something for everyone here.

Some of the trails include:

The Bay Trail – This is a short and easy loop of 0.5 miles. It begins at the parking lot of Malaga Cove and travels around a meadow, through some grassland, and ends at Redondo Beach;

Captain's Trail – This is about a mile long and can be accessed from either Malaga Cove or Boney Mountain. This trail is great for both climbing and bird-watching;

Los Verdes Trail – A short trail of 0.5 miles, there are two entrances: Ocean Ave and Via Merida. It offers panoramic views of the ocean and crosses a meadow, going past some mammal burrows.

Morningside Trail – This trail is 1 mile long and travels along the foothills of Boney Mountain. There are several entrances to this trail so you can choose the distance you want to travel.

Palos Verdes Estates Shoreline Preserve Facilities

There are many facilities at the Palos Verdes Estates Shoreline Preserve including restrooms, gazebos, picnic areas, parking areas, and hiking/biking trails.

Throughout the preserve, there is a variety of wildlife that can be spotted in the different meadows that they have for visitors to look at. Some of these animals include:

Mountain lions, deer, bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, hawks, and snakes.

There is also unique vegetation throughout the areas as well such as:

Condor weed (Eschscholzia californica), coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia), coastal sage scrub, yucca plants (Yucca whipplei), dune tansy (Chrysanthemum multicaule), and pygmy rabbitbrush (Ericameria capitata).

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