A Fine Walk Along the Coast

August 21, 2009 at 9:21 am 2 comments

surf at terraneaThis past weekend I was fortunate to spend some quality time outdoors. I had been looking for a local venue where I could get moderate exercise while at the same time have pleasant viewing and, if possible, not tax my pocketbook in the process. I was delighted to discover the coastal access hiking trail at the Terranea Resort. Located in nearby Rancho Palos Verdes, this $480 million dollar property’s appropriately named Discovery Trail includes six interpretive areas with spectacular ocean views. The trail snakes along the bluffs and takes hikers past hotel accommodations including luxury casitas, several swimming pools, restaurants, a 9-hole golf course, and even a sandy beach and mysterious rocky cave. The trail is so new (completed in June of this year) that when checking on a well-known hiking website, trails.com, it was not yet listed. If you’re a looking for a lovely way to spend several hours, the Discovery Trail is a mild hike sure to please all members of your family. And do check out Sea Beans, the resort’s coffee bar – the two Boomers in my party shared a $5.00 gelato that was tasty and refreshing! We found free parking in the first public parking lot we turned into off Palos Verdes Drive South; however, the other hotel lots which are closer to the hiking trail charge parking fees.

While Terranea is new, there are many other excellent free or inexpensive well established hiking destinations available in the South Bay. You may want to take advantage of the excellent docent led nature walks offered by the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy. Los Serenos de Point Vicente is another Palos Verdes based volunteer organization that supports the Point Vicente Interpretive Center and its docents and volunteers also provide a full schedule of free hiking tours. And while Los Serenos offers a docent-led tour of the Ocean Trails at Trump National Golf Course (just down the way from Terranea), there is public access through the golf course and my family has also enjoyed walking those trails on our own.

Closer to Torrance we have the South Coast Botanic Garden. This 87-acre “jewel of the Peninsula” doesn’t afford ocean views but it does have a small lake, rose garden, a “garden of the senses” and a Japanese Garden among others. There are entrance fees for adults and children (under 4 free) but parking (located off Crenshaw Blvd.) is free.

While you won’t get as much exercise walking at the Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center, operated by the Torrance Community Services Department, this vernal marsh located within the Torrance city limits has an amazing array of activities for adults and children including free 2-hour nature walks on the 4th weekend of the month. Check the calendar of events to verify date and time of all activities.

For those of you who want to hike or walk with others, the Palos Verdes – South Bay Group of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club organizes many activities and adventure outings. A quick look on their website showed 6 local hikes in August alone; they also maintain a calendar of events.

Do you have a favorite spot for walking or hiking in Torrance or the surrounding South Bay area? We’d love to hear from you. Please share a comment below.


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  • 1. fuddyduddy  |  October 3, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    thanks for the tips – I’ll try some of these places soon

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    […] catch up on friends and family as your roam in a beautiful setting such as those highlighted in our previous post dated August 21, 2009. When you hear a favorite tune on the radio, turn it up and sing as loud as […]


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