Portuguese Bend Reserve

Portuguese Bend Reserve

Trails in the Portuguese Bend Reserve range from moderate to difficult. The paths can be accessed from a few different locations and crisscross back and forth through unique canyons with stunning vistas of the coast and Catalina Island. The ground in this area is constantly moving, resulting in an ever-changing hiking experience with unique geologic formations.

The 399-acre Portuguese Bend Reserve was preserved in 2005 and is the largest of the ten reserves that make up the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. As well as providing community-valued recreation, it contains important linkages for wildlife and valuable native habitat for sensitive species.

After a good spring rain, beautiful wildflowers bloom along the hills including sunflowers, purple sage, mustard, poppy and more. While the flowers in the spring are particularly lovely, this hike’s coastal locale makes it a good option for any time of year. Keep in mind, however, that there is virtually no shade on the trails, so wear sun protection and plan accordingly, especially during the summer. Make sure to carry lots of water and consider an early morning hike during cooler hours. Plants to watch out for include poison oak and stinging nettle. Also watch for rattlesnakes and scorpions.

The trails are shared by hikers, off-road bicyclists, and equestrians. There are numerous trails throughout the reserve so you can plan your hike to be as long or short as you’d like. Trails also connect to neighboring Forrestal Nature Reserve to the east and Del Cerro Reserve and Filiorum Reserve to the west.

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Visit the Portuguese Bend Reserve to enjoy the miles of trails and take in the surrounding natural beauty of the peninsula. No matter what your exact path is, you’re sure to enjoy the ocean, geology and botanical scenery here, with nice views of the Pacific, bluffs and canyon.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy hosts nature walks throughout the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Check our South Bay Events Calendar for upcoming events and hikes.

Distance: Varies by trail
Elevation gain: 1350 feet
Suggested time: 2 hours
Best season: Year-round
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult (Elevation gain, steepness)
Recommended Gear: hiking poles, sun hat

Portuguese Bend Reserve Brochure

Directions: Portuguese Bend Reserve, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Portuguese Bend Reserve Map


NOTE: All readers hike at their own risk, and should be aware of the possible dangers of hiking, walking and other outdoor activities. The author does not take any responsibility for injuries sustained during hikes or walks on the routes described here.
It is always a good idea to verify date, time, location and other information prior to going.
While we strive to present information as accurately as possible, Best of the South Bay is not responsible for the accuracy of this information.

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