The Portuguese Bend Nature Reserve is comprised of ten ecological reserves on 399 acres on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The preserve is made up of the Vista del Norte Ecological Reserve, Aqua Amarga Ecological Reserve, Vicente Bluffs Ecological Reserve, Alta Vicente Ecological Reserve, Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve, Three Sisters Ecological Reserve, Canyons Ecological Reserve, Forrestal Ecological Reserve, San Ramon Ecological Reserve and Ocean Trails Ecological Reserve. These ten were joined together into the Nature Reserve in 2005. The Portuguese Bend Nature Reserve consists of rolling hills, steep canyons, coastal sage scrub habitat and fragrant and drought resistant shrubs and flowering plants.
One of the most famous areas within these reserves is the actual Portuguese Bend Landslide area. Palos Verdes homes owners have requested a closer look at this area. On Saturday, July 13, 2013, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is offering a guided nature walk through this area beginning at 9:00 a.m. This informative walk includes the history of this infamous landslide area and you will be able to take a closer look at the different formations that were caused by the land movement, as you discuss this geologic event. This is considered a moderate walk; remember to bring water, wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen.
To park, enter the gated parking area on Palos Verdes Drive South, 1/4 mile between Peppertree and Schooner on the uphill side. There will not be a charge for this walk. For more information go to www.pvplc.org, or contact (310) 541-7613 x 201.
Map courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
Photo courtesy of PVPLC