McBride Trail


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Flowers and ocean view from the McBride Trail

Text and photography copyright 2011 by David W. Lockeretz, all rights reserved. Information and opinions provided are kept current to the best of the author’s ability. All readers hike at their own risk, and should be aware of the possible dangers of hiking, walking and other outdoor activities. The author does not take any responsibility for injuries sustained during hikes or walks on the routes described here. Check the informational links provided for up to date trail condition information.

McBride Trail

  • Location: End of Ocean Terrace Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes.  From the I-110 freeway, take the Pacific Coast Highway exit and head west for 3 miles.  Take a left on Crenshaw Blvd. and go 3.4 miles to Crest Road.  Turn right and go 0.7 miles to Highridge.  Take a left, and then a quick right on Ocean Terrace.  Drive to the end of the street and pick up the trail, heading off behind the last house (#6270).
  • Agency: Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy/Upper Filiorum Reserve
  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Elevation gain: 250 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: G
  • Suggested time: 1 hour
  • Best season:  All year
  • More information: here; Upper Filiorum Reserve trail map here
  • Rating: 4

This enjoyable hike takes in some great ocean views, also providing an aerial perspective of the cliffs and hills of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  The trail runs along the back side of some houses, so it’s not the place to go for a wilderness experience, but it’s nice and quiet, receives relatively little foot traffic, and makes for a convenient, quick escape into nature.

From the trailhead at the end of Ocean Terrace Drive, follow the trail into the Three Sisters Reserve, and stay left at the first junction.  The McBride Trail enters the Upper Filiorum Nature Reserve, one of the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy’s newest acquisitions.  After a steep stretch, the trail levels out and continues for a mile before reaching Crest Road.  Here, you can either retrace your steps or make the hike into a loop by taking a left on Crest, a left on Highridge and a right on Ocean Terrace.

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