Portuguese Bend Reserve: Rim & Grapevine Loop
- Location: Palos Verdes Peninsula between Torrance and San Pedro. From I-110, take the Anaheim St. exit, head west for about 3/4 of a mile to the five-way intersection and bare left on Palos Verdes Drive North. Go 3.6 miles and take a left on Crenshaw, and follow it to its end (about 2 miles). Park on the side of the road at Del Cerro Park. Alternatively, access Crenshaw Blvd. either from I-405 or Pacific Coast Highway and head south to Del Cerro.
- Agency: Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy/Portuguese Bend Reserve
- Distance: 2.5 miles (semi-loop)
- Elevation gain: 600 feet
- Difficulty Rating: PG
- Best season: Year round
- USGS topo maps: Torrance, San Pedro
- More information: here
- Rating: 6
After a quarter mile, you enter the boundary of the reserve and briefly cross into Rolling Hills Estates. Ignore the trail branching off to the left and stay right, on the Rim Trail. This trail lives up to its name, as it carefully navigates the rim of the big canyon below. Here, you get great views of the ocean.
Stay right again at another trail junction, and soon you arrive at the Grapevine Trail, your return route. Bear left and begin a steep descent, arriving at the Ishibashi Trail, 1.2 miles from the start.
Here you have several choices. You can head left on the Ishibashi Trail and explore the lower area of the reserve. You can head right and follow the Ishibashi Trail back to Burma Road. This route, however, head right on the Ishibashi Trail very briefly and then heads right on the Grapevine Trail. The Grapevine Trail heads uphill steeply, making a few switchbacks, rejoining the Rim Trail in half a mile and completing the loop. From here, you head left on the Rim Trail and retrace your steps to the Fire Station Trail, Burma Road and back to Del Cerro Park.
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