2. Portuguese Bend Reserve, Rancho Palos Verdes
The trails in this reserve are plentiful, uncrowded and magnificent. Portuguese Bend is a 399-acre nature preserve with rolling hills and canyons and magnificent ocean views. On a clear day, and Los Angeles is pretty much always clear, you can see Catalina Island in the distance. There are several trails that all join up at some point and all lead back to the beginning at another point so don’t worry if you get lost. Once you’ve entered the gate follow the Burma Road Trail. You’ll be sharing the path with joggers, hikers and possibly horses too. After half a mile you will slide onto the Peacock Flats Trail and then slide onto the Rim Trail. It gets a little steeper here and you can always loop back if you want to. Before you turn around, enjoy the view at Ailor’s Cliff. The trails all converge and if you’re confused, print out a map before you go. But don’t worry, they all lead back down to the bottom too!
Length of trail is 5.1 miles.
Skill level easy.