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Palos Verdes Nature Preserve/Shipwreck (Exploratory-Easy-Moderate-Strenuous)

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MEMORIAL DAY! Let's have a relax afternoon with short hikes easy pace to scenic Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. We'll visit Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve (Smuggler Cove)

The extra workout and moderate to strenuous hikes for Intermediate Plus Hikers will consist of: Shipwreck, Portugese Bend Reserve and Forrestal Nature Reserve

HIKING TIME: 1:45 PM (afternoon for sunset photos!)
DURATION: about 2-6 hrs (return back anytime you like, please indicate when sign up)
DISTANCE: 3-6 miles (Abalone/Smuggler Cove) or 12+ miles (other places)
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DIFFICULTY: Easy-Moderate to Strenuous

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

PARKING FEE: $5/CAR, NO CHARGE IF SENIORS at Abalone Cove. Street Parking at Forrestal Drive (Ladera Linda Community Center, see address and driving direction below)


1st Hike : first meeting at 1:30PM Abalone Cove parking lot (paid fee $5/car). Duration: 1-3 hours. If you plan to go for sightseeing and easy hike; Hike ABALONE COVE 1st because the Park closes at 5PM and low tide around 2PM. We'll have options to go on 2nd hike after this driving to a different trailhead or decide to leave, you can check this out as it's not required to hike a lot, but have a view of Palos Verdes from the high point, write down this address and map your direction, go for a drive up high enjoy the view and if you can take time wait for the sunset. This is also the trailhead of Portuguese Reserve. The address is Del Cerro Park: 2 Park Pl Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (intersection of Crenshaw Blvd and Park Place) It's free parking or street parking and you can take a walk 5 minutes in, Palos Verdes view is right's gorgeous!

2nd Hike: Parking is on the street for the meeting after 4:30PM Forrestal Reserve trailhead. However, to save parking fee, so we'll meet here at 1:15PM to carpool over Abalone Cove, then drive back after the 1st hike. Hike in up hill and connect to Portuguese Reserve to the high point getting Palos Verdes view. Estimate hiking time less than 2 hours, timing enough to get back at 6:30PM.

3rd Hike: If you plan for 3 hikes, after Abalone Cove and Forrestal/Portuguese, we'll meet for The Shipwreck hike around 7:00PM at Lat:[masked] Lon:[masked] or Park on the street of Flat Rock Point: 650 Paseo Del Mar, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. The most beautiful and most challenge hike in all for upside down and staying late for sunset taking photos.

Optional dinner: at El Pollo Inka in Torrance

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

1. The Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve features two beaches (Abalone Cove and Sacred 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. 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

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. The Shipwreck: The goal of this hike is the Greek freighter Dominator, which ran aground at Palos Verdes point in 1961. The rusted hulk of this shipwreck is scattered along a half mile of the shoreline Trailhead: From Redondo Beach, drive south on Highway 1 to Palos Verdes Blvd and head south. This turns into Palos Verdes Blvd West. Turn right on Via Corta, then right again at Via Arroyo. Finally a left on Paseo Del Mar. Park on the right side of the street at Flat Rock Point, just before you reach Via Horcada. Take the dirt access road that will take you down to the shoreline. (Lat:[masked] Lon:[masked]) More info here:

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.

***For those who plan to hike more than Abalone Cove, we'll meet at street parking Ladera Linda Community Center along Forrestal Drive address: 32201 Forrestal Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 at 1:15PM to carpool over***

***For those come from OC, please meet at 12:30PM Walmart near the 22 Frwy on Beach Blvd and Trask Ave: 13331 Beach Boulevard Westminster, CA 92683***

***For those who plan to go for full schedule and stay back for dinner at Peruvian Food at El Pollo Inka Torrance: 23705 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance, CA[masked]


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