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Hernandez Ranch (Peck Park)
- Location: San Pedro, on the corner of Upland Ave. and Dunn St. From the end of I-110, take a right on Gaffey and an immediate left on Summerland Ave. Go half a mile and turn right on Leland Ave. Go 0.2 miles and turn right on Upland. Park on the corner of Upland and Dunn.
- Agency: City of Los Angeles department of parks and recreation (Peck Park)
- Distance: 0.8 miles
- Elevation gain: 150 feet
- Difficulty Rating: G
- Suggested time: 30 minutes
- Best season: Year-round
- USGS topo map: San Pedro
- More information: Peck Park site here; article about the reopening of Hernandez Ranch here
- Rating: 3
From the trailhead at the corner of Dunn and Upland, head left (the right trail, an option if you want to extend your trip, dips down into the canyon and comes out on the other end of Upland.) The trail follows the side of the neighborhood, providing nice views of the Long Beach port.
Soon you come to a split. Head downhill (right), cross the bridge and head left. The trail now becomes pleasantly secluded and quiet, especially considering the houses nearby. A short climb brings you to another bridge. You can extend the hike into Peck Park by walking on either side of the canyon, but to complete this loop, cross the bridge and turn left. You leave the wooded area and climb some more, taking in a nice aerial view of the ranch. Soon you reach the split, where you retrace your steps to the trail head.
The image on the site titled “Woodlands of Hernandez Ranch” gives me strong “Fellowship of the Ring” vibes. It looks like perhaps in the exposed roots of the tree on the left could be a place where a couple of hobbits and halflings can hide from their first encounter with a Wring-wraith on the road to Mordor. I DEFINITELY have to try this hike for verification : )
Thank you! It’s been a while since I was down there but I do remember that it was nice little “urban oasis.” Enjoy!