Hermosa Beach, referred to as the South Bay of Los Angeles County, is a charming, lively town with a pleasant shopping district and many restaurants. You’ll find two miles of beach with an adjacent flat stretch of the 22-mile Marvin Braude Bike Trail. Hermosa Beach Municipal Pier at the foot of Pier Avenue, a popular spot for fishing, is longer than many others on Santa Monica Bay.
Hermosa Beach is renowned for its volleyball tournaments and players, many of whom have won gold medals in the Olympics. With 71 beach volleyball courts, you will likely catch a game. The Strand can be busy on weekends, so it’s best to arrive before noon. Be prepared to share the trail with fast-moving bicyclists and joggers, though they are mostly respectful of pedestrians. It’s a good idea to check the weather via the beach webcam before you go.
In spite of the crowds along the Strand, I always find a leisurely stroll here to be a peaceful experience. With the smell of salt water in the air and the sound of the surf, it's a pleasant spot to watch the swimmers and surfers and have a quiet conversation with friends. The hike is five miles round-trip between the southernmost end at Redondo Beach (Herando Street) and 35th Street. The pier is about halfway. I love to walk out on the pier, where on a clear day the view is amazing: to the south is the Palos Verdes Peninsula and to the north the LA County beach cities, all the way up to Malibu. After that I usually get a drink two blocks north of Pier Avenue, then follow the trail another mile to its end at 35th Street.
For a good workout, continue another two miles to the north end of Manhattan Beach, although it’s not a direct route; you will encounter stairs at 35th Street. The easiest route to reconnect to the Strand is to turn inland at 26th Street and travel in the parking access lane for about 10 blocks (this lane runs adjacent to the street and has very little auto traffic). For a more challenging route, turn up Longfellow Avenue, a small street that is slightly steep for manual wheelchair users and has speed bumps that make it even more difficult. With assistance, it’s not a problem for me in my motorized wheelchair. There is no shade, so be sure bring sunblock and a hat.
The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Pick up at the lifeguard station on the pier, or call (310) 372-2166 to arrange. Available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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