Linden H. Chandler Preserve


    Intensive habitat restoration efforts by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy have added native wildflowers and shrubs to the beautiful hillsides of Linden H. Chandler Preserve. Trails traverse this 28.5-acre preserve’s slopes and grasslands through a recently restored riparian area. The Preserve is a critical part of the natural environment in Rolling Hills Estates and is home to a number of special native wildflowers, including the star-shaped golden seal, pink farewell-to-spring, and tall and spiky bush lupine. It now provides valuable native coastal sage scrub habitat capable of supporting native birds and insects, including habitat favored by the endangered Palos Verdes blue butterfly.

    Development, agriculture, and the introduction of exotic plant species, have reduced this ecosystem by 75-90%. This rare ecosystem is home to intensely fragrant and highly drought resistant shrubs and flowering plants. Perfectly adapted to the local climate, these plants survive long hot summers and periods of drought through survival mechanisms like deep tap roots and the shedding of moisture-seeping leaves. Winter rains bring a welcome growth spurt resulting in a blanket of green leaves and colorful wildflowers. Living throughout this rare habitat are many different animals, including the threatened California Gnatcatcher.

    Wild Peacocks are common on the Palos Verdes Peninsula
    Wild Peacocks are common on the Palos Verdes Peninsula

    Parking is located next to the Rolling Hills Little League Field or at the end of Buckskin Lane. From the end of Buckskin Lane, there are magnificent views of the Los Angeles basin and, on a clear day, the San Gabriel Mountains.

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

    Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 MAP

    Brochure & Trail Map
    Preserve RulesChandler BrochureLinden H Chandler Preserve overlooking Rolling Hills Country Club


    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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