Ocean Trails/Trump National Golf Course
A rocky beach below the bluffs is inaccessible to wheelchair riders, but ocean views are plentiful. There’s a small grassy area between the bluffs and clubhouse, with a few picnic tables that have stunning ocean views but fill up quickly. Nearby Marilyn Ryan Sunset Park is on a hill at the edge of the golf course, overlooking the driving range.
I intended to make my visit here a quick one, but ended up taking a leisurely stroll to admire the native plants and the views, spotting boats and Catalina Island in the sparkling ocean waters. I've gazed longingly at many a lush golf course with paved access routes that looked like they would make great accessible trails, and my suspicions have been confirmed: This golf course was a real beauty to hike.
Trailhead: At the first public parking lot on Trump National Dr. (by the clubhouse) or at La Rotunda Dr. parking lot
Length: 2-4 total miles
Typical Width: 4 ft. & above
Typical Grade: Mostly level or gentleSeveral steep stretches were not a problem in a motorized wheelchair. La Rotunda Dr. has a long uphill climb to Palos Verdes Dr. South.
DescriptionI was struck by the odd juxtaposition of this lush, green golf course and the mostly dry coastal scrub landscape surrounding it, but nonetheless appreciated the stunning setting for this hike, and that it is open to the public. There is no shade on the 3-mile route I followed, so come prepared with a hat and sunscreen. From...
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The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking: Yes
Accessible Restroom: Yes
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|Managing Agency:||City of Rancho Palos Verdes|
|Address:||1 Ocean Trails Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes|
|Hours:||One hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. The parking lot at La Rotunda Dr. is locked at sunset.|
|Dogs:|| In restricted areas|
Allowed on the pathways but not on the beach
|Public Transportation:||Palos Verdes Peninsula Transit Authority|
Reviewed by Ann Ruth, February 10, 2013
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