Lands & Trails


Trails & Hiking

Trails & Hiking

Nature Preserve trails offer a wide variety of experiences, many of which feature spectacular views, native plants and wild flowers, fascinating geology, glimpses of the Peninsula’s history, and animal sightings. They range from easy strolls to strenuous climbs up hillsides and ridges. A limited number of trails are accessible to those in wheelchairs or strollers for small children.

Many of the trails are narrow, and you may encounter other users – hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. We encourage you to be courteous and respectful of the other users of these beautiful open spaces.

Always bring water and wear adequate sun protection.

DUE TO THE COVID CRISIS, MONTHLY GUIDED NATURE WALKS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 2020

Free Monthly Guided Nature Walks [PDF]

Every second Saturday, the Conservancy has free public nature walks around the Peninsula led by trained naturalists, historians and geologists to experience nature on the trails. Calendar

Best Hikes Guidebook

“Best Hikes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula” guidebook has recommendations for all types of hikes: family-friendly, wildflower-viewing, wheelchair-friendly, sunset-gazing, tide pool-exploring, birding and more. Order your copy

JOE & KATHY PLATNICK

A Keen Love of the Land

Over the years, the Conservancy has been the beneficiary of Joe and Kathy Platnick’s deep affection for the area, which has grown through hiking Burma Road and other trails, drinking in the vast ocean views, and relaxing under the trees at Eagle’s Nest.

When they signed up for a donation equal to a quarter-acre to assist the purchase of the area around Portuguese Bend, it was double the largest charitable contribution they had ever made at the time. But they knew it was worth it, because it was a chance in a lifetime to preserve the land that meant so much to them. Normally giving anonymously, they were nevertheless thrilled to be included in the donor recognition site at Del Cerro Park. “Now our grandchildren will be able to see how their ancestors helped to keep the dream alive,” Joe and Kathy say, “by preserving this space for all future generations.”

 

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