LINDEN H CHANDLER PRESERVE

One big backyard: A hidden gem among the homes.

Habitat: Micro-forests, grasslands

Terrain: Dirt trails throughout. One can spot quite a bit simply exploring Chandler Hilltop but to really enjoy the preserve some hiking is required. Chandler hill is flanked by several steep horsetrails that take you into the forested areas below.

Facilities: Drinking fountain by baseball fields.

Parking: Limited parking is available at the end of Buckskin Ln.

This 28.5-acre property is a critical part of the natural environment in Rolling Hills Estates. Intensive habitat restoration efforts have added native wildflowers and shrubs to the hillsides. Trails traverse the preserve's slopes and grasslands through a recently restored riparian area. The Preserve is home to a number of special native wildflowers, including the star-shaped golden seal, pink farewell-to-spring, and tall and spiky bush lupine. It now provides valuable native habitat capable of supporting native birds and insects, including habitat favored by the endangered Palos Verdes blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis).