Pacific Palisades is an affluent residential neighborhood, located on the northeast end of Los Angeles, California. This beautiful and diverse neighborhood is the location of several landmarks, including numerous filming locations used by the film and television industries that attract sightseers to the area. The neighborhood has views of the adjacent Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean to enjoy while walking in the area, as well as a lengthy stretch of coast line with a beach. There are commercial areas at the northwest tip of the community along the waterfront that includes restaurants, shops, and a commercial area called 'The Village' located centrally.
Walking in the area through scenic residential areas is common for residents who enjoy strolls with their dogs through Pacific Palisades year around. Rain is rare and summers are hot and dry, but breezes from the ocean and elevations moderate the summer heat somewhat for pedestrians who enjoy walking in this scenic neighborhood.
This beautiful residential neighborhood is nestled at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains and is very hilly. There are plenty of changes in elevations and sloping terrain, which can make walking an effort on uphill climbs. The neighborhood has winding roads which follow the varying terrain. Pacific Palisades also boasts a long waterfront area along the beach. The beach is sandy with walkways and some natural terrain along the coast.
Walks along hilly areas provide sweeping views of the waterfront, beach, ocean, and the nearby mountains. The Pulgas Canyon, Temescal Canyon, and Potrero Canyons run through the neighborhood and there is quite a bit of natural area, rugged terrain, and steep areas near the canyons. Pacific Palisades features lots of large homes and some apartments, townhomes, condominiums, and apartment buildings. There are some main roads with traffic in the area, but commercial activity is generally localized to certain areas.
There is a long greenway called the Palisades Park that lies along the oceanfront and has walkways and paths that run along the ocean. This area features trails, dog friendly areas, playground equipment, and many beachfront sports facilities. The Will Rogers State Beach is located on the northern end and the Santa Monica Beach on the southern end.
The Santa Monica Mountains contain several large parks and trailheads that provide miles of hiking trails for you and your adventurous canine companion with steep climbs and spectacular views. The Rivas Canyon park features the Rivas Canyon Trail connecting two natural areas for plenty of exploratory space. The Los Liones Canyon trailhead also starts in Pacific Palisades and provides access to greenways in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Potrero Canyon Park is a large natural greenway that also features a ten-mile hiking trail with a view and access down to the waterfront. Other natural canyons areas in Pacific Palisades have less developed paths and trails.