Los Angeles: Portuguese Bend

Amazing views of Catalina Island and Abalone Cove unfold right from the start of this 5.2-mile hike. Minutes from metro L.A., this quiet wildland is also home to red-tailed hawks.
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Amazing views of Catalina Island and Abalone Cove unfold right from the start of this 5.2-mile hike. Minutes from metro L.A., this quiet wildland is also home to red-tailed hawks.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.4

Waypoints

PBT002

Location: 33.7550888061523, -118.35977935791

R @ 4-way

PBT003

Location: 33.7538032531738, -118.366844177246

R @ T onto singletrack, then immediate L @ Y

PBT004

Location: 33.7542877197266, -118.36986541748

R @ T; quick R again @ T onto singletrack

PBT005

Location: 33.7558708190918, -118.371650695801

L @ T onto steep, faint trail into canyon

PBT006

Location: 33.7553062438965, -118.372467041016

R @ Y up rocky washout; look for trail on opposite ridgeline

PBT007

Location: 33.7556266784668, -118.378105163574

L @ T; L again at scenic point of Catalina Island and Abalone Cove; return to trail and continue L

PBT008

Location: 33.7532005310059, -118.378868103027

L @ 3-way; R @ 4-way onto singletrack leading toward the ocean; follow singletrack L into drainage

PBT009

Location: 33.7508201599121, -118.374671936035

Straight at 4-way

PBT010

Location: 33.7488403320312, -118.374862670898

Turn L onto Narcissa Rd.

PBT011

Location: 33.747501373291, -118.365684509277

At end of Narcissa Rd.; veer L past gate

PBT012

Location: 33.7500114440918, -118.363792419434

L @ T, following fire access road 1.6 miles back to trailhead