Our hikes will consist of: Portugese Bend Reserve, Forrestal Nature Reserve and Vicente Bluffs and more...
HIKING TIME: 2:45 PM
DURATION/DISTANCE/ELEVATION: about 2-6 hrs, 3-6 miles, < 1000 ft gain (return back anytime you like, please indicate when sign up)
ESSENTIALS: Bring water, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat...snacks...and good traction shoes.
PARKING FEE: Street Parking at Forrestal Drive (Ladera Linda Community Center, see address and driving direction below)
ABOUT PALOS VERDES NATURE PRESERVE: (PVNP) area spans some 1,400 acres with over 30 miles of trails through rolling hills, steep canyons and rock outcrops, with significant habitat and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. Elevations range from approximately sea level along the coastal edges of Vicente Bluffs, Abalone Cove, and Ocean Trails to approximately 1,300 feet above mean sea level at the northern most parcel, Vista del Norte. Read more: http://www.pvplc.org/_lands/pvnp.asp
1. The Portuguese Bend Reserve: consists of rolling hills, five distinct steep canyons and rock outcrops, with coastal sage scrub habitat, a community of intensely fragrant and drought resistant shrubs and flowering plants. Located below and to the east of Del Cerro Park are the areas known as Lemonadeberry Parcel, Eagle's Nest, the Badlands, and the active landslide and dirt extension of Crenshaw Boulevard. Unique features include a pillow lava outcrop called Ailor Cliff after Conservancy founder Bill Ailor
2.Forrestal Nature Reserve: Dramatic cliffs are characterized by faults, folds, sedimentary bedding and igneous intrusions with many crystals and fossils, particularly fish scales, in the surface rock. Do not collect fossils or disturb the slopes to expose new rock
3. Vicente Bluffs Reserve: link
The area contains rare coastal bluff scrub habitat and unique geological formations including dramatic hexagonal shaped columns of rock formed from black basalt. Trail reconstruction and native plant restoration activities are supported by a California Coastal Conservancy grant with the goal to reduce sedimentation along the state coastline. Monitoring of the Reserve resulted in the discovery of exciting and unexpected colonies of the endangered El Segundo blue butterfly
Driving Direction: From the 405 Frwy either to 710 Frwy South via Long Beach and Vincent Thomas Bridge or 110 Frwy South via San Pedro, then to Parlos Verdes Drive South.
***Please meet at street parking Ladera Linda Community Center along Forrestal Drive address: 32201 Forrestal Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 at 2:30PM to drive in together***
***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings***
> YOU acknowledge THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS.
> YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY
Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks, snake bites, mountain lions, coyotes or wildlife. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike***