In the hustle and bustle of the greater Los Angeles area, this wide 3.5-mile-long green belt provides a cool, peaceful escape that is just minutes from the beach. This scenic trail features shade trees, benches, fitness stations, public art, and allows leashed dogs.
Nestled in a greenway of lush vegetation and flowers, this parkway meanders through the ocean-side suburbs of Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. Park benches and shade trees provide resting spots every quarter-mile along the path. There are also drinking fountains for dogs and their human companions.
The northern end starts by a large parking lot off Rosecrans Avenue in Manhattan Beach and heads southwest. The parkway runs between two roads, North Ardmore Avenue to the west and North Valley Drive to the east. The trail surface is primarily woodchip. While technically wheelchair accessible, the woodchips may make the trip a little difficult. There are numerous road crossings all along the trail, so use caution.
As you begin, you are quickly surrounded by greenery. After passing through a tranquil Manhattan Beach neighborhood, you reach Live Oak Park where there are ball fields and picnic areas. Where the trail crosses into the city of Hermosa Beach, you will find yourself on a gentle downhill slope. Here, the trail is surrounded by pleasant, quiet neighborhoods. Near the home stretch, you cross Pier Avenue. Just 200 yards down this street (right or left), you’ll find a wide variety of restaurants and shops that overlook the Pacific Ocean. You will also find the expansive beaches that this community has to offer. The trail ends at the intersection of Herondo Street and Valley Drive at the border of Redondo Beach.
MAP: N Ardmore Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Developed in 1986
Distance: 3.5 miles
Difficulty: 2 (scale of 1 to 5)
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Trail end points: Herondo St. & Valley Dr. (Redondo Beach)
SR 1 near Rosecrans Ave. (Manhattan Beach)
Trail surfaces: Dirt, Woodchips
Trail Activities: Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking
Details: Ample street parking. Dogs on a leash are OK. Metro bus 130, 232 stop nearby.