Bluff Cove via Shipwreck Trail

  • Highlights: Great ocean views, lovely bays, rocky shoreline
  • Near: Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
  • Tide pools with abundant life
  • Distance: 4 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 100 ft
  • Hike Time: 3.5 hours
  • Difficulty: 5/10
  • Trail Condition: Rocky, mostly non-existent trail
  • Best Time: Low Tide
  • Trail Head: Click here for a Google map
  • Detail map: Click here
  • Rating:4/5

The Greek freighter Dominator ran aground at Palos Verdes point in 1961 and it is said can still be seen from the shore. The rusted hulk of this shipwreck is scattered along a half mile of the shoreline. I personally have never seen any remains of the wreck, but the tide pools and beautiful coast line are reason enough to do this hike.

Getting to the shipwreck involves a couple of miles slightly challenging and tiresome walking across shoebox to footstool sized rocks. Make sure you wear sturdy shoes for this hike. The shoreline is lovely, with interesting tide pools and rock formations, along with great views. Make sure to go at low tide, or you will find your feet getting quite wet.

At the midpoint, I scrambled up the cliffs to the road. The road was a considerably faster returning to the car.

Bluff Cove Flowers

Bluff Cove Flowers

Bluff Cove

Bluff Cove

malaga cove from bench

Malaga Cove from bench



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