Portuguese Bend Reserve is a maze of trails across a 399-acre park, and almost all the options allow for a beautiful, sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean with Catalina Island in the distance. The best part? Since it’s all the way out on the edge of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, none of these trails are ever very crowded and they are part of a Nature Preserve with plenty of wildflowers and wildlife to see. So if you’re over the scene at Runyon Canyon, you may want to head south.
To start, from the street head into the park down Burma Road, where you will follow it past Dr. Ibrahim El-Hefni Vista Point. Turn left on Eagle’s Nest Trail, which you will follow for about nearly 2 miles until you meet back up with Burma Road. You can either head back up here or continue onto the lower loop by taking a right down Toyon Trail. Keep left until you reach the end of Toyon Trail, when you will take a right on Peppertree Trail. Continue on this trail until you quite literally hit a fence, and then head left up Klondike Canyon Trail. You’ll hit a fork in the trail and can take either trail but keep left for the easiest one. Head left up Barn Owl Trail until you hit Burma Road, where you will turn left. This will lead you to the closing of the lower loop. Once you meet back up with Toyon Trail, rather than going back where you came from, head right on Ishibashi Trail which will once again lead you to Burma Road, where you’ll turn right and follow it back up to the trail head. Phew. Get lost? No worries, any of these trails will lead you back to where you started.
Dawn to dusk.