Forrestal Reserve

Fossils, dramatic rock layers, native wildflowers, and stunning views

Forrestal Nature Reserve Allens HummingbirdWith some of the best remaining native wildlife habitat and hiking trails, this 155-acre Reserve is a key component of the Peninsula's natural environment and a significant part of the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve.

Since 2001, the Conservancy, along with community volunteers, have conducted habitat restoration and completed trail improvements throughout the Reserve. The eastern portion contains a former quarry and marked trails that wind around the top of the quarry bowl. Dramatic cliffs are characterized by faults, folds, sedimentary bedding and igneous intrusions with many crystals and fossils, particularly fish scales, in the surface rock. Do not collect fossils or disturb the slopes to expose new rock.

Fossils can be seen at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

Click for Google MapLadera Linda Community Center, 32201 Forrestal Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Forrestal Nature Reserve Allens HummingbirdParking:
Parking for Forrestal Reserve is available at the Ladera Linda Community Center, located at 32201 Forrestal Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes. Additional parking may be available on Forrestal Drive near Palos Verdes Drive South.

Downloadable PDFs

pdfPreserve Rules [PDF:483KB]

pdfForrestal Reserve Trails Map [PDF: 875KB]

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