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Forrestal Nature Reserve / Ladera Linda

The hiking trails of the Forrestal Natural Preserve offer beautiful views, majestic canyons, magnificent foliage, and crisp, clean air. This often over-looked gem on the south side of the Peninsula is located just off Palos Verdes Drive South. Ladera Linda, a former elementary school site, has been an actively staffed park since 1982. Docent-guided tours and hikes into the hills are available where one may see red-tailed hawks, wild rabbits, threatened plants and animals such as coastal sage scrub, cactus wren, the California Gnatcatcher, and the Rufus-sided Towhee. Look for lemonade berry bushes, the California bush sunflowerwild fennel, coyote bush and mustard and explore, but don’t take, the clusters of calcite, barite, quartz and ancient fish fossils.

For the 2019 Hike Schedule, please click HERE (this is a two-page PDF file with a map on the 2nd page to the park locations.) [Note: Rain cancels. Following a rain, check trailalerts.rpvca.gov for closures].

After your hike, visit Ladera Linda's Discovery Room and its extensive collection of samples of the area's geology and wildlife. Ladera Linda also features a walking trail with tremendous views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina in the distance. For a docent-led hike, call 310-544-5349.

Ladera Linda Community Center Hours:
Mon., Wed., Fri. 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  Sat. & Sun. 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  Holidays* 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    *Closed: January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 24 & 25
Summer Park Hours (July 1 - Labor Day)
  Monday - Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  Sat. & Sun. 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location/Contact
    32201 Forrestal Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes  [MAP]
     310-541-7073
Images from Forrestal Nature Preserve