Canada Trails Loop (Miraleste Canyon)
- Location: Miraleste neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes. From the south end of I-110 in San Pedro, take a left on Gaffey St. and go 0.7 miles. Turn right on 9th St. and follow it for a total of 2.7 miles (it becomes Miraleste Drive along the way). Park on the right side of Miraleste, just before the bus station and the intersection with Palos Verdes Drive East.
- Agency: City of Rancho Palos Verdes
- Distance: 1.2 miles
- Elevation gain: 200 feet
- Difficulty Rating: G
- Suggested time: 45 minutes
- Best season: Year round
- Dogs: Allowed on leash
- Cell phone reception: Good
- Water: None
- Restrooms: None
- Camping/backpacking: None
- Public transportation: PVPTA bus route 225
- More information: Article about local trails including this one here; video here
- Rating: 4
This trail on the east side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula offers an enjoyable little stroll similar to the two other trails nearby on Palos Verdes Drive East: the Frascati and Siena Trails. This one is quiet, clean, and features a nice stretch alongside a seasonal brook.
From the bus stop on Miraleste Drive, head away from the road and pick up the Canada (also known as Miraleste Canyon) trail heading downhill. You descend into a quiet, shady canyon, dry at first, but soon a seasonal stream starts flowing.
At half a mile, head downhill to the left as another trail forks off to the right, and you soon come to red footbridge crossing the canyon. On the other side, head left and begin your ascent. After some moderate climbing, you make a couple of switchbacks, walk between two houses and arrive at Via Canada. Take a left, and then a quick left on Palos Verdes Drive East, and walk a few minutes back to the bus stop and Miraleste Drive. There’s a sidewalk and you’re facing traffic, so if you’re careful you shouldn’t have any problems.
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