Lands: Agua Amarga Reserve

Canyons, willow wetlands, and rare California gnatcatchers

Agua Amarga Reserve gnatcatcherThis 59-acre reserve contains Agua Amarga and Lunada canyons, which merge at their western ends just above the border with Palos Verdes Estates. Lunada Canyon, once prime land for development, was provided as a gift to the 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.

Habitat restoration grants have resulted in the creation of three acres of coastal sage scrub and a willow wetland. It is home to endangered California gnatcatcher 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.

Click for Google MapTwo trailheads are located on Posey Way and Rock Park Drive, both accessed from Kings Harbor Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

Parking is available on residential streets.

Downloadable PDFs

pdfPreserve Rules [PDF:483KB]

pdfAgua Amarga Reserve Trail Map [PDF: 847KB]

pdfPalos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Map (Natural Open Space Preserves on the Palos Verdes Peninsula) [PDF:4.5MB]