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View of the Long Beach ports from Hernandez Ranch


Woodlands in Hernandez Ranch


Text and photography copyright 2011 by David W. Lockeretz, all rights reserved. Information and opinions provided are kept current to the best of the author’s ability. All readers hike at their own risk, and should be aware of the possible dangers of hiking, walking and other outdoor activities. The author does not take any responsibility for injuries sustained during hikes or walks on the routes described here. Check the informational links provided for up to date trail condition information.

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
Hernandez Ranch is a recently re-opened part of Peck Park in San Pedro, the main part of which is currently undergoing restoration.  The trails of Hernandez Ranch, including the short loop described here, are a pleasant surprise in an area not known for having much open outdoor space.  Hikers looking for a true wilderness experience will want to keep on looking, but for many, Hernandez Ranch is an enjoyable introduction to the outdoors and proof that many great trails in L.A. are right under our noses.

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.

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