Are you looking for a family-friendly beginner hike with gorgeous ocean views? If so, the Seascape Trail in Rancho Palos Verdes, California is perfect for you. This Memorial Day, my family and I decided to venture out into nature again. This adventure took a lot of courage after our last major fail on Easter.
I did research on Hikespeak to find an easier hike in the area. The website was very user-friendly with many great search functions. I stumbled across the Seascape Trail and was awestruck by the beautiful photos. My family jumped on board as soon as I shared the details.
We headed up to Palos Verdes bright and early that morning. The drive itself was gorgeous. My family and I enjoyed pointing out the lovely homes hanging off the cliffs. The trail was easy to find and access. Parking was also numerous.
The hike itself is perfect if you are looking for an nice stroll. This is not meant for experienced hikers looking for a challenge. Rather, this is perfect for beginners and families. Dogs are also welcome along this trail.
The hike is perfect if you are looking for an nice stroll. This is not meant for experienced hikers looking for a challenge. Rather, this is perfect for beginners and families. Dogs are also welcome along this trail.
This trail has some other great features. There are picnic tables which are perfect if you would like to bring lunch to eat with your family overlooking the water. The Point Vicente Lighthouse offers tours on the second Saturday of the month from 10 AM to 3 PM. Unfortunately, it is not open to the public aside from that one day a week. The Point Vicente Interpretive Center is also located on the park grounds. This museum is open to the public from 10 AM to 5 PM daily. They even offer free binoculars to borrow during hours of operation.
City: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Difficulty: easy (beginners; family-friendly)
Parking: free and easy
Distance: 2.0 miles as suggested
Plan Your Trip
Parking: There is free street parking at the end of Pacifica Del Mar which will lead you to the Terrace Trail. The Point Vicente Interpretive Center also has a free parking lot.
GPS Address for Pacifica Del Mar parking: 30-50 Pacifica Del Mar, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
GPS Address for Museum/Lighthouse Parking: 31501 Palos Verdes Dr W, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Hike: If you street park on the Pacifica Del Mar cul-de-sac, you will enter onto the Terrace Trail. Walk towards the ocean and you will hit the Seascape trail. Turn left (south) for a 0.4 mile walk to the lighthouse. Turn right (north) for a 0.5 mile walk along the shore until the trail meets Calle Entradero.
Terrace Trail to Point Vicente Lighthouse: 0.4 mile one way.
Terrace Trail to the end of Seascape Trail at Calle Entradero: 0.5 miles one way
Suggested hike: Start at on the Terrace Trail and walk to the Lighthouse. Turn around and walk to the end of Seascape Trail intercepting with Calle Entradero. Then, turn around and head back to your starting point at Terrace Trail. Total Distance = 2 miles
For the rule breakers: At the north end of the Seascape trail, there is a narrow, steep path leading down to the shore. The fences have numerous warning signs prohibiting beach access. However, if you are a daredevil, you can take this “trail” to the water and look at the tide pools.
Warning: this is a dangerous undertaking and is not recommended. (I have to admit that I really wanted to try but my mom told me “no.” I may be in my 20s, but I still have to follow my mom’s rules.)
All-in-all, the Seascape Trail is the perfect location for a morning stroll with the family, an exploratory outing with your dog or an afternoon picnic in the park. This free adventure is filled with breath taking views and gorgeous greenery. The next weekend you are free, head on out to the Seascape Trail. Comment below with your thoughts on this hike!
Until next time,