Portuguese Bend Reserve

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Portuguese Bend Reserve Features

The Portuguese Bend Reserve was preserved in 2005 and is the largest individual reserve within the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. It consists of rolling hills, steep canyons and rock outcrops, with significant habitat and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Catalina Island.

Located below and to the east of Del Cerro Park, it includes the areas known as the lemonade berry parcel, eagle's nest, the badlands, the active landslide and dirt extension of Crenshaw Boulevard. The Portuguese Bend Reserve has numerous important trails and geological features, such as a pillow lava outcrop called Ailor Cliff named after Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy founder Bill Ailor.

Included in this Preserve at this time is also the Del Cerro Buffer: a 17-acre parcel immediately below Del Cerro Park. This area burned in 2005, and the regrowth is characterized by many native plants with deep roots that result in increased slope stability.

Portuguese Bend Reserve Resources and Information

Portuguese Bend Reserve Hours

1 Hour Before Sunrise to 1 Hour After Sunset

Pedestrian gate at Burma Road Trail opens at 7 a.m.

Public Amenities

  • Portable Restroom (near Fire Station Trail and Burma Rd Trail junction; and near Peppertree Trail and Klondike Canyon Trail junction)
  • Adjacent Drinking Fountain - Del Cerro Park 
  • Adjacent Picnic Area - Del Cerro Park

Portuguese Bend Reserve Parking Lot

Street Parking along Crenshaw Blvd. is available 7 a.m. - one hour after sunset.  Reservations are required south of Crest Rd. beginning July 6. Reservations are not required north of Crest Rd.  Click here for information on parking reservations and fees.

Beach Access


Contact Open Space Management staff by emailing us at trails@rpvca.gov or 310-544-5353. Report violations to the Preserve Info and Report Line at 310-491-5775.