Past Meetup

PV Ocean Bluffs, Whales, Trails, Roads, and a Picnic

This Meetup is past

27 people went



Organizer: Ed

Location: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Hike Difficulty: Level 3/10

Distance: Approx 6.5 miles

Elevation Gain: Approx 600 cumulative

Time: 3-4 hours

Trail condition: Well maintained paths/trails

Water: Minimum 1 liter. There is a water at the meeting location.

Guest: ok

Dog: no

Adventure Pass: None

Restrooms: There are restrooms at the meeting location.


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

Directions: Meet at ocean side of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center (See picture below).

Take Hawthorne south until it ends. Turn left on PV Drive West. After .4 miles or so, turn right into Point Vicente Interpretive Center parking area.

Alternatively, 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. You will eventually pass Terranea on the left and then soon pass the Point Vicente Interpretive Center (also on your left, can't turn here). At the next opportunity, do a U turn and return to the Center parking area on your right.

Trail Description:

This is a fairly flat loop hike with one small/moderate hill climb. We will start at the ocean side of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. The highlights of the hike are the Ocean bluff top trails around and near the Interpretive Center and Terranea as well as the Vanderlip ocean bluff top trails (First quarter and last quarter of hike). These are all well maintained and easy cliff side trails with great views of ocean, cliffs, and shore line from about[masked] feet above sea level. In the middle portion of the hike, we will connect these trails by hiking about 1.5 miles on a trail/walk path along PV Drive and will also hike some PV reserve trails that climb a hillside that rises above and provides views of the Point Vicente Lighthouse and Terranea. (See the pictures below for views and meeting location)

While waiting for the hike to start, you might see a whale or two. This is probably the best place in L.A. to see whales from shore. On a patio, you will see a number of people from the American Cetacean Society with binoculars and telescopes. This is the location where they study whale migratory behaviors. Southbound whale sightings should still be at peak (10+ sightings a day) with northbound migration just getting started. If you ask nice, they will often let you look with their binoculars. There is also a museum you can visit inside the Interpretive Center.


Upon returning to the Point Vicente area, all are free to visit the Point Vicente Lighthouse. The Lighthouse and grounds are open for visitors on the second Saturday of each month. The lighthouse was originally placed into service in 1926 and is still operational to this date. You can climb to the top and check out the views. Last time I went, it was free, but they did ask for a small donation (a few bucks).

After the hike, the grounds at the Interpretive Center are great for a picnic. We should finish the hike right around lunch time. All of the picnic tables have very nice ocean views. If you wish, bring food to eat and food to share and leave it in a cooler in your car while you hike. You can visit the lighthouse before, during, or after lunch. Note: Grills/Fires are not allowed at this location so no BBQ/cooking, also no alcohol.

Meeting spot - Ocean Side of Point Vicente Interpretive Center

Ocean Bluff Top Trails

Whale Watchers

Point Vicente Light House

More Views


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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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