Located between the popular Portuguese Bend Reserve and the smaller Three Sisters, the Upper Filiorum features deep canyons, steep hills and great ocean views. This 191-acre property acquired December 31, 2009, capped a 21-year effort to preserve 900 contiguous acres of protected open space and create a wildlife corridor. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and the City of Rancho Palos Verdes brought together $6.5 million in resources from State Coastal Conservancy and more than 700 local donors to complete the acquisition of this essential piece of land.
There are a variety of trails that go through the park, so many routes are possible. Keep an eye out for snakes in this area, especially during the warm season.
The McBride Trail, along the upper crest of this reserve, is a nice easy trail that extends along the ocean side of the homes on Ocean Terrace Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes. From this trail there are magnificent views of the ocean and Catalina Island, as well as a close-up look at the Peninsula’s characteristic geology.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous or want a longer more strenuous hike, you can take one of the other trails that connect to the neighboring reserves. Download a Brochure & Trail Map here.
916 Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Access Filiorum Reserve from McBride Trail located at the end of Ocean Terrace Drive, south of Highridge Road.
Parking is available on city and residential streets.