Rancho Palos Verde is located in Los Angeles County California. This hilly peninsula is west of Long Beach and south of Torrance. Rancho Palos Verdes has some of the best coastal cyclings in Southern California. Due to its proximity to the coast, it’s usually cooler than any inland areas during the summer months, and it has relatively light motor vehicle traffic and bike lanes on the busier roads. Some of the best hills are located on smaller roads with light traffic.

Bicycles May Use Full Lanes When Riding PV Roads

We’ve talked about local PV cyclists and the push to get the city council to approve 5 Bicycles May Use Full Lane signs to demonstrate to automobiles bicyclist’s rights to the road. After nearly a year of attending city council meetings, various protests, and communications with the public, the signs still have not been put up. That said, cycling through this coastal cities provides some of the best views of our golden state, but be careful on Palos Verdes North.

Parking:

There are a few parking options that I usually use. One is close to the main riding area (Bogdanovich Recreation Center), and one is a little further away (22nd Street Park) so you can get a little warm up in before hitting the hills.

Ride Options:

You can choose to criss-cross the peninsula by riding up and down hills or simply do a loop around it for a more relaxing ride.

Palos Verdes Flat

Parking22nd Street Park
Distance58.4 miles
Ride TypeLoop
Route TypeRoad
Elevation Gain+5523
NotesWatch for aggressive motorists on Palos Verdes Drive North.

 

Turn by Turn Directions

Cumbre Dr turns slightly left and becomes MermaidDr (0.1)
Turn right onto W 25th St (0.4)
Continue onto Palos Verdes Dr S (0.7)
Keep right to continue on Palos Verdes Dr N (11.1)
Turn left onto Vía Adarme (12.4)
Turn left (12.4)
Turn right onto Vía Adarme (12.4)
Turn left onto Palos Verdes Dr N (12.4)
Slight left to stay on Palos Verdes Dr N (13.1)
Turn right onto Palos Verdes Dr E (15.8)
Turn right toward Palos Verdes Dr E (18.5)
Turn left toward Palos Verdes Dr E (18.6)
Turn right onto Palos Verdes Dr E (18.6)
Turn left onto Miraleste Dr (18.8)
Continue onto W 9th St (19.9)
Turn right onto Friendship Park Dr (20.1)
Turn left (20.4)
Turn left (20.5)
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Palos Verdes Hills

ParkingFlorence Joyner Olympiad Park
Distance9.8 Miles
Ride TypeLoop
Route TypeRoad
Climbing1,600'
NotesThis loop is located in a suburban area of Mission Viejo.
Turn by Turn Directions

Turn left onto Via Cabrillo-Marina (0.1)
Turn right onto Shoshonean Rd (0.6)
Turn right onto Oliver Vickery Cir Way (1.2)
Turn right to stay on Oliver Vickery Cir Way (1.2)
Slight right onto Stephen M White Dr (1.3)
Turn left onto S Pacific Ave (1.4)
Turn right onto Shepard St (1.7)
Continue onto W Paseo Del Mar (2.1)
Slight right at S Weymouth Ave (3.3)
Continue onto Grassland Loop Trail (3.3)
Turn left toward W Paseo Del Mar (3.6)
Turn right onto W Paseo Del Mar (3.7)
W Paseo Del Mar turns slightly right and becomes Western Ave (3.9)
Turn left onto W 25th St (4.5)
Continue onto Palos Verdes Dr S (5.5)
Turn right onto Palos Verdes Dr E (6.0)
Turn left onto Crest Rd (8.0)
Turn right onto Palos Verdes Dr E (11.2)
Turn right onto Palos Verdes Dr S (13.1)
Turn right onto Hawthorne Blvd (18.1)
Turn right onto Crest Rd (20.3)
Make a U-turn at Highridge Rd (21.2)
Turn right (21.2)
Turn right toward Highridge Rd (22.1)
Turn left onto Highridge Rd (22.1)
Turn right onto Hawthorne Blvd (22.7)
Turn left onto Silver Spur Rd (23.3)
Slight left to stay on Silver Spur Rd (24.8)
Turn left onto Palos Verdes Dr N (24.8)
Turn left onto Vía Campesina (25.2)
Continue onto Vía Del Monte (27.0)
Turn right onto Granvia Altamira (29.0)
Turn right onto Vía Rafael (29.5)
Turn right onto Granvia Altamira (29.5)
Continue straight onto Coronel Plaza (29.8)
Continue onto Granvia Altamira (29.8)
Turn right onto Hawthorne Blvd (30.2)
Turn right onto Palos Verdes Dr W (33.6)
Turn right onto Vía Coronel (36.0)
Turn left onto Vía Margarita (38.8)
Turn right onto Coronel Plaza (38.8)
Turn left onto Granvia Altamira (38.9)
Turn left onto Vía Del Monte (39.7)
Turn left onto Vía Corta (41.6)
Turn right onto Palos Verdes Dr W (41.7)
Keep right to continue on Palos Verdes Dr N (41.9)
Slight left to stay on Palos Verdes Dr N (43.9)
Slight left to stay on Palos Verdes Dr N (46.0)
Turn right at Strawberry Ln (46.1)
Turn left onto Palos Verdes Dr N (46.1)
Turn right onto Palos Verdes Dr E (46.6)
Turn left onto Palos Verdes Dr S (53.0)
Continue onto W 25th St (53.5)
Turn right onto Western Ave (54.5)
Continue onto W Paseo Del Mar (55.0)
Continue onto Shepard St (56.8)
Turn left onto S Pacific Ave (57.2)
Turn right onto W 22nd St (58.4)

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RPV from above – photo by Abraham Osorio