This hike was a pleasant surprise. I was looking for a trail that is close and short, meaning I could get a very early start and get off the trail before the day’s 96 degree heat could get me. I did start at sunrise but went a lot farther than I had originally planned – 11 1/2 miles. While it was hot, my saving grace came from a cool wind pulled in from the west.
A 14 1/2 mile beach hike exploring the best of Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica and Venice. This hike is a long, skinny loop. I parked for free on Temescal Canyon Blvd. and crossed the highway to Will Rogers State Beach. From there I walked in the sand right next to the surf all the way to the Venice Pier. On the way back I took the mostly paved roads and bike paths exploring the Venice Boardwalk, Santa Monica Pier and Palisades Park. There is a lot to see. I had a great day.
I have hiked these trails before but not in a couple of years. I decided to switch things up in a couple of ways. First, this was a rare late afternoon/evening hike for me. Also, I hiked the trails in a different order than I have before. A peaceful and quiet seven miles.