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Palos Verdes Nature Preserve (Levels 1+(2) / Scenic / Slow-Moderate Pace)

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Let's visit Palos Verdes Nature Preserve ( here are few places we'll include in our hike: Portugese Bend Reserve,Forrestal Nature Reserve, Vicente Bluffs Reserve ( and if we have time, we'll stop by Abalone Cove (Smugglers Cove) too!

MEETING TIME: 3:45 - 4:00 PM


DIFFICULTY/GENERAL RATING: Level 1+(2). Click RATING TABLE ( to learn more about difficulty levels

DURATION/DISTANCE/ELEVATION: 2-3 hrs,4-6 miles, <1000ft gain

(Dur 1+, Dis 1+, E 1+)

ESSENTIALS: Bring water, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat...snacks...and good traction shoes.

PARKING: Street Parking at Forrestal Drive (Ladera Linda Community Center, see address and driving direction below)


1st Hike : 4:00 PM workout hike at Forrestal Reserve trailhead. Hike in up hill and connect to Portuguese Reserve to the high point getting Palos Verdes view. Estimate hiking time less than 2 hours

2nd Hike: Easy hike for sunset taking photos, at Vicente Bluffs Reserve and nearby area.

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: link ( and print out trailmaps for the trails you like to go! map (

1. Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve features two beaches (Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove or Smugglers Cove), tide pools, beautiful bluff-top viewing areas, and dramatic crisscrossing trails. The 64-acre Reserve contains a State Ecological Preserve with important natural marine resources and the bottom of the Portuguese Bend landslide area. Two promontories, Portuguese and Inspiration points, frame Sacred Cove with its sea caves, black sand, and rare plants

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

***Street parking Ladera Linda Community Center along Forrestal Drive address: 32201 Forrestal Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275***


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