ALTA VICENTE RESERVE

Habitat: Coastal sage scrub & cactus, grassland

Terrain: Dirt trails throughout. Easy to moderate hiking.

Facilities: Porta potty near the dog park.

Parking: Paved lot at Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall

This property includes 55 acres of land on the slopes below and around the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall with impressive coastal views north over Oceanfront Estates. It is the current location of a 27-acre habitat coastal sage scrub restoration project, initiated in 2008. The trail takes you past Battery Barnes, which was constructed in 1942 to protect the northern approach to the Catalina channel. Two 6-inch diameter coastal artillery guns were placed there, and underground bunkers were built to house soldiers, ammunition, and supplies.