Good things come to those who wait. For the few of you who haven’t already made plans for Saturday while waiting for this week’s post, your patience has paid off. Join us for the alluringly-named Rattlesnake Hike in gorgeous Rancho Palos Verdes.
Fear not, though; its name comes from its many twists and turns rather than resident serpents.You can preview the trail via this mountain biker’s video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUxBrMlKlYk), though we’ll be going at a considerably less-breakneck pace.
The trail starts at one of the highest points – with the most beautiful vistas -- on the peninsula and winds down toward the coast with views of the new-ish Terranea Resort on the former Marineland property.
For those with other people to see and places to go, Rattlesnake alone will only take about an hour-to-75 minutes. But there are dozens of hikes to be had in the area, and by Saturday, I plan to add a few more to the lineup for those who can stay, possibly including some of the trails around Terranea (http://www.terranea.com/palos-verdes-eco-resorts.php).
Whether or not you want to continue hiking, try to carve out some time to see at least one or more of the great attractions (http://www.terranea.com/palos-verdes-attractions.php)in the area, such as the Point Fermin Lighthouse, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wayfarers Chapel, Neptune’s Fountain at Malaga Cove and the South Coast Botanic Garden for a memorable Memorial Day Weekend staycation.
Length of Rattlesnake only, about 3.5 miles, 600 ft. gain/loss. Sunny trail with loose gravel, so bring hat, sunscreen, plenty of water, and your camera and/or binoculars. Lugsoles recommended and poles may be helpful. It may also be windy, so bring a jacket or some layers. Dogs are welcome on leash, but the trail is a little steep. Please note there are no restrooms or water at the trailhead. For those driving from the North, there are restrooms at Wilson Park at 2200 Crenshaw (between Sepulveda and Carson St.) enroute to the trailhead. There’s also a Farmers Market there from 8 am – 1 pm Saturday.
From the North or East - Take the 110/Harbor Freeway South to Pacific Coast Highway.
Continue West on PCH to Crenshaw and turn Left/West on Crenshaw.
From the Beaches, take PCH South to Crenshaw and turn Right/West.
Take Crenshaw all the way until it ends; Crest will be the last major street you’ll pass.
We’ll meet in Del Cerro Park (a former Nike launch site). You can park in the lot at the park or along on the street.
Here’s a map. (http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&q=del+cerro+park+palos+verdes&fb=1&gl=us&hq=del+cerro+park+palos+verdes&hnear=del+cerro+park+palos+verdes&view=map&f=d&daddr=2+Park+Place,+Rancho+Palos+Verdes,+CA+90275&geocode=Cf3x5cbC7_baFd8YAwIdgdfx-CH4H-GvSnpWXg&ll=33.782286,-118.261642&spn=0.171498,0.363579&z=12)
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