6 Hiking Spots in and Around Torrance, CA

Hiking makes for the perfect experience to enjoy on any trip to Torrance and with the warm sunshine touching your face, the sound of wind rushing through the trees and the soft earthy feel of the trail under your boots, what’s not to love? If you are looking for the best hiking conveniently located in Torrance and its surrounding areas, we’ve got you covered! Read through this blog and learn more.

Madrona Marsh Nature Preserve

Located in the heart of Torrance, the Madrona Marsh is one of the last remaining vernal wetlands in the South Bay area of California. Explore the rare freshwater marsh ecosystem of the nature reserve only minutes away from the Miyako Hotel and enjoy spotting wildlife, learning about native plants, and birdwatching during your hike. Make the most of the park’s open walking policy to stay on your trail or wander off it and explore the busy Madrona Avenue, exhibits and more!

Ballona Lagoon

A well-kept trail in the Marina Del Rey, the picturesque Ballona Lagoon trail is mostly flat and perfect for beginners. Keep an eye out for native vegetation on the banks of the lagoon and Great Egrets (one-meter-tall birds commonly found in the area.) Head north towards the west bank of the lagoon and you’ll spot some informational signs, including the History of Ballona Lagoon Marker. It’s a great spot to stop and relax for a bit, all while you try and identify all the different kinds of plants and birds you may see!

Bluff Cove

Take a break from the buzz of city life and hike along the 117-mile out-and-back Bluff Cove trail for an excellent experience. Follow along the coastal bluffs located west of Palos Verdes Estates and look over the mesmerizing Pacific Ocean along the way. For the best experience, hike down a steep trail to Flat Rock Point, about 300 feet from the trailhead. For more adventurous types, exploring Flat Rock Beach can also be a great side trip. 

The Santa Monica Pier, Boardwalk, and Beach Trail

The Santa Monica Pier, Beach Trail and Boardwalk in Santa Monica, California offers a unique blend of urban and coastal hiking. The trail starts at the iconic Santa Monica Pier and is flat, making it suitable for all skill levels. The trail also leads to the lively Santa Monica Boardwalk where you can observe street performers, and local artists and explore a variety of restaurants and shops.

For a successful hike, start early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat and crowds. After your adventure, head to our Torrance spa and rejuvenate with soothing massages, body treatments or reflexology.

Sacred Cove

A beach and hiking trail near Ranchos Palos, California, Sacred Clove offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, water channels entering the cave and marine life including dolphins, whales, and sea urchins. This trail is perfect for anyone with a sense of adventure and who is also looking to photograph some stunning nature shots.

Pescadero Trail, Pelican Cove Park

Enjoy the one-kilometer out-and-back Pescadero Trail near Rancho Palos Verdes in California. If you are looking for a moderately challenging route for your hike, this one must be it. It takes an average of 20 minutes to complete and is also popular amongst birdwatchers. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit and explore at any time of the year.

Enjoy some solitude at the trail’s Pelican Cove Park location and then dine at our exclusive Japanese restaurant in Torrance, serving classic Japanese food to complete your experience.

Here you go! Our list of the top six hiking spots in and around Torrance. Get inspired and plan your adventure!

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