XMBC Trip Flyer PORTUGESE BEND Trail Sat. June 24 1988

What: An easy 1/2 - 3/4 day hike

Where: Palos Verdes - over-looking Santa Catalina Island

When: This Saturday, 6-24-89. Meet at trailhead at 9 am. Return approx’ly at 1 pm.

Statistics: rated an Easy hike - a family affaire. 2 1/2 mile roundtrip. 400-foot elevation loss/gain. hot, as most of the trail is exposed.

Roadhead Instructions: From the San Diego Frwy in Torrance, exit on Crenshaw Bl. and head south. Continue on Crenshaw pas Pacific Coast Highway and into the hills of Rancho Palos Verdes, into a residential area. Park at boulevard’s end at Del Cerro Park.

Equipment & Preparation: Bring water, lunch/snack, juice, etc. If the weather continues to be hot, bring sunscreen, hat/visor, etc. Running, tennis shoes or light boots are fine. Dogs ok. Check 10-Essentials list (attached).

Trip Description: We will walk down the unsigned fire road, which is officially named Crenshaw Extension Trail. Leaving red-roofed, million-dollar residences behind, you’ll look ahead to a million-dollar view. The hills roll to the sea. Geology students will note several marine terraces, while botany students will observe the peninsula’s unique blend of native brush and imported flora gone wild. It’s doubtful you’ll see a peacock here, but you might hear the shrill call of the "watchdog of the peninsula" from other parts of the trail. The birds are popular pets with local homeowners. The trail drops into a meadow known as Peacock Flats.

Above Peacock Flats, two short trails lead up a hill topped with a dozen pine trees. From the crest of this hill, known as Eagle’s Nest, you’ll have grand clear-day views of Santa Catalina Island.

We’ll return to the main trail, which heads northwest, then make a long horseshoe bend to the southeast. After descending past a stand of eucalyptus, we’ll begin crossing the geologically unstable terrain known as Badlands Slide Area.

Sweet smelling fennel lines the path, which turns north and climbs back to the trailhead.

A post-hike pizza-n-beer will be discussed at the conclusion of the hike.

!!!PLEASE!!! contact Jeanne Agena if you plan to participate (call to cancel once you’ve listed yourself as a participant) at 373-4689 or return me a mailnote at the above address.

Come out and Experience the wonderous outdoors with some fun people!!!