Palisades Park and Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica, California

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Palisades Park is perched on the eroding 100-foot bluffs above the Pacific Coast Highway, overlooking Santa Monica State Beach, the Santa Monica Pier, and the entire bay. The 26-acre park stretches 1.6 miles between Ocean Avenue and the sandstone cliffs. The gorgeous landscaped grounds are filled with palm, oak, and eucalyptus trees lining the paved and natural paths. Throughout the park are gardens with exotic and native plants, benches, and a few gazebos. A pedestrian bridge and stairway connect the park to the wide, sandy beach. The south end of the park has direct access onto the Santa Monica Pier.

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"Palisades Park is perched on the eroding 100-foot bluffs above the Pacific Coast Highway, overlooking Santa Monica State Beach, the Santa Monica Pier, and the entire bay. The 26-acre park stretches 1.6 miles between Ocean Avenue and the sandstone cliffs. The gorgeous landscaped grounds are filled with palm, oak, and eucalyptus trees lining the paved and natural paths. Throughout the park are gardens with exotic and native plants, benches, and a few gazebos. A pedestrian bridge and stairway connect the park to the wide, sandy beach. The south end of the park has direct access onto the Santa Monica Pier."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Santa Monica
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Topanga and Beverly Hills

Palisades Park and Santa Monica Pier Reviews

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This is a great walking area for those that want to be close to shops and the like. It's likely to be crowded if you go on a summer morning though.
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