Past Meetup

Palos Verdes Tide Pool Hike from Forrestal

This Meetup is past

29 people went


Organizer: Ed

Location: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Hike Difficulty: Level 5/10

Distance: Approx 7 miles

Elevation Gain: Approx 1,300' cumulative

Time: 4 hours

Trail condition: Single file trail, slippery rocks and tidepools, very little shade

Water: Minimum 2 liters. There is a water fountain at the Forrestal trail head.

Guest: 1

Dog: no

Adventure Pass: None

Restrooms: Restrooms (should be open but no guarantee) can be found at the Ladera Linda Community Center which is near the Forestall Drive gate. Come a little early if you plan to use these facilities.


What to bring & wear: hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes, hiking poles, snacks ....
Please follow US Hiking Day Hike Equipment List

Directions: Take Harbor Freeway South until it ends at Gaffey. Head south on Gaffey and then turn right onto 1st Street. Go about a mile on 1st and then turn left onto Western. Go about 1.7 miles on Western and then turn right onto 25th street. 25th Street turns into Palos Verdes Dr S. Continue on PV drive to Forrestal Drive and turn right. Forrestal Drive is located just across from Trump National Golf Course. Drive to gate and park on Forrestal Drive before or after gate. You can also park on Pirate or Sea Raven Drive.

Trail Description:

This hike is 7 miles of ocean, cliff, shoreline, and Catalina Island view trails with multiple tide pools and overlooks. Low tide is projected to be .64 ft @ 11:42. There will be multiple ups and downs with a cumulative elevation gain of about 1,300 ft. Within Palos Verdes, we will principally hike the Forrestal and the Abalone Cove reserves. We will also briefly hike a few trails in the Portuguese Bend Reserve. Trail maps for these reserves as well as many of the other Palos Verdes trail areas are located at the following website (

We will meet at the gate at the Forrestal Drive (gate pictured below). We will first hike several of the Forestall trails to include overlooks with outstanding views of the coastline, cliffs and Catalina Island. We will then work our way down to Inspiration Point and Sacred Cove. The ‘Sacred Cove’ area contains tide pools, sea caves, a blow hole, and both rock and black sand beach areas that used to be a nude beach back in the 1980’s. The tide pools are filled with life including sea urchins, sea enemies, crabs, small fish, and birds. I have also seen (less frequently) starfish, sea slugs, dolphins, seals, and even a baby lemon shark. After a break, we will hike back up to the Portuguese Point overlook area and then head up and back toward the cars.

Note: The tide pools and rocky shore can be slippery and difficult to walk on. There are several steep sections on the hike with loose rock and soil. Wear shoes with good soles (Hiking boots/shoes, trail runners).

Meeting spot - Forestall gate

Tide Pools

Sea Caves



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If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you.

It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

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