Torrance Beach to Manhattan Beach
Another beach hike starting at Torrance Beach. This time, instead of hiking toward Palos Verdes, I headed up the coast to Manhattan Beach with stops at the piers in Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach. Most of the day was pleasantly cool and cloudy.
I parked in the Torrance State Beach parking lot and paid the $3 fee. I headed up the beach on the sand. I like hiking on the sand for the first half and then back on whatever pedestrian walkway or road that parallels the sand.
The curving Santa Monica Bay
After about a mile or so I reached Redondo Pier. This pier is large with several piers connected by a horseshoe-shaped outer pier.
Photo 2 – Off the pier, sea lions lounge on a buoy as a paddleboarder gets close.
VIDEO: An old man exercising on Redondo Pier. Half the people were exercising in some form, the other half were sitting down smoking cigarettes while tending their fishing poles.
Beyond the pier is Kings Harbor.
A sailboat exits Kings Harbor and heads for the open ocean.
I passed by this building with a large mural. It looks like these whales are swimming through the trees.
After walking along Harbor Drive I made a left at Herando Street and followed the crowds down to Hermosa Beach. The beach is huge. Look at all that sand one has to walk over to get to the water. Photo 2 – Sand volleyball on Hermosa Beach
Looking back at the power plant from Hermosa Pier.
Walking down the pier. This one is lined with plaques commemorating the winners of local volleyball tournaments.
There is an aquarium/restaurant (?) at the end. Just a couple of weeks prior to my hike there was a shark attack right under this pier. A swimmer was bitten by a small Great White that was being reeled in by a fisherman.
Photo 1 – A shot up the coast from the pier. Photo 2 – On zoom – A plane from LAX climbs above the power plant in El Segundo. Photo 4 – Looking back toward the direction in which I came gives a nice view of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
For my return trip I hiked down the Strand, a beach-side concrete walkway lined with multimillion dollar homes. The Strand is easily shared by pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and rollerbladers. Many houses had anti-oill banners hanging outside. There was also a volleyball tournament going on.
Almost back now, the Sun finally came out.