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2019 Nature Hikes

The Los Serenos docents, co-sponsored by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, provide free public hikes/walks/tours to many of our area parks and nature reserves including Abalone Cove, Ocean Trails Reserve/Trump National Golf Course, Forrestal Nature Reserve/Ladera Linda Community Center, and Alta Vicente Reserve plus the Point Vicente Interpretive Center/Vicente Bluff Reserve (which includes a tour of the Point Vicente Lighthouse hosted by the Cast Guard Auxiliary).  For 2019 a guided nature walk through the George F Canyon Preserve has also been added.

Below is a brief description of each walk.

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].

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Abalone Cove Public Walks [MAP TO ABALONE COVE] ~ The tide pools of Abalone Cove are teeming with marine life. Knowledgeable docents will lead groups on a 2 hour walk discussing a variety of topics along the way; subjects such as Palos Verdes Peninsula history, its geology, plant and animal life, as well as marine mammals, and the Native Americans who once resided in the area. Upon arrival in the tide pools, you and your group will learn about the inhabitants: sea stars, sea anemones, hermit crabs, sea urchins, sea hares and many more interesting animals ~ even an occasional octopus sighting.

It is recommended that you wear sturdy shoes as a portion of the walk is along the cobblestone beach. Bring your family and friends, and plan on a very enjoyable outing.

The parking fee is waived up 45 minutes prior to the hike and 30 minutes after.

Ocean Trails Reserve/Trump National [formerly Ocean Trails] Public Walks ~ There are three walks scheduled to three different locations in the nature reserve surrounding the Trump National Golf Course.  Native coastal sage scrub habitat, beautiful ocean views from the bluffs, plus World War II vintage bunkers are some of the highlights.   The current Nature Hike Schedule describes the walks and locations.

Forrestal Nature Preserve / Ladera Linda ~ Hike the trails and learn about our native habitat and local geology. This area has beautiful coastline and Catalina Island views, impressive canyons, terrific foliage not to mention seeing red-tailed hawks, wild rabbits, threatened plants and animals such as coastal sage scrub, cactus wren, the California Gnatcatcher, and the Rufous-sided Towhee.  After your hike, visit Ladera Linda's Discovery Room and its extensive collection of samples of the area's geology and wildlife.

PVIC Lighthouse / PVIC Museum and Native Plant Garden / Vicente Bluff Reserve ~Join us or a tour of the PVIC museum, the native plant garden and a walk along the spectacular bluff top at Oceantfront Estates. The grounds tour also includes a tour of the Point Vicent Lighthouse which will be hosted by the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Alta Vicente TrailheadAlta Vicente Reserve ~ Walk the Alta Vicente trail through coastal sage habitat. Enjoy the wild flowers, visit one of the original Japanese farms, see World War II and cold war installations and enjoy the ocean vistas. This is a moderate hike.
McBride Trail ViewMcBride Trail ~ Enjoy this easy walk along the McBride Trail, featuring spectacular panoramic views of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Catalina Island. Learn about the native coastal sage scrub habitat along with a lesson on the rich history of the Palos Verdes area. NOTE: For those seeking a challenge, we will also be offering a strenuous docent-led hike on the Three Sisters Trail starting at the same location.
George F CanyonGeorge F Canyon Preserve ~ The preserve is located on 51 acres and features a Nature Center, hiking/equestrian trails and a stream that passes through one of the most pristine and beautiful canyons on the Peninsula.