Agua Amarga Ecological Reserve


    Containing both Agua Amarga Canyon and Lunada Canyon, this reserve totals 59 acres of open natural space. Habitat restoration grants have resulted in the creation of three acres of coastal sage scrub and a willow wetland. It is home to the endangered California gnatcatcher which is now thriving in large pockets of the restored native coastal sage scrub vegetation. Since planting in 2004, willows have grown to heights of more than 20 feet!

    Lunada Canyon, once prime land for development, was provided as a gift to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy in 1992 from the E. K. Zuckerman family. This created the Conservancy’s first natural area. Agua Amarga Canyon was acquired by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes in 2005.

    Lunada Canyon Trail

    Distance: 1.9 mile round trip
    Elevation gain: 550 feet
    Difficulty Rating: Easy – Moderate
    Suggested time: 1 hour
    Best season: Year round

    Lunada Canyon is a strip of open space between residential ridges on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The trail is accessible from the top and bottom of the canyon. Dogs are welcome, as well as bicycles. Parking is available on residential streets.

    Trailhead at the bottom of Lunada Canyon: 2698 Vía Carrillo, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
    Trailhead at the top of Lunada Canyon: 29201 Posey Way, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90275

    The Lunada Canyon Trail is a short but enjoyable hike that takes in some beautiful ocean views. Located between two residential areas, it does not venture very far from civilization so if you’re looking for a more secluded hike, this may not be the trial for you. About a 1/4 mile from the bottom of the trail, there is a steep section so those starting from the top may decide to turn around early for a round trip hike of 1 1/3 miles. The area directly above this steep section overlooks a dramatic confluence of Lunada Canyon and Agua Amarga Canyon with a deep adjoining trench. This particular area also presents a great ocean view looking out toward Lunada Bay. For a fun and easy hike with interesting geological features and attractive views, take an afternoon and visit Agua Amarga Reserve!2014-05-20 12.08.28

    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.

    Agua Amarga Reserve Brochure & Trail Map
    Preserve Rules

    Agua Amarga Reserve
    MAP Kings Harbor Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
    (310) 541-7613


    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.
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