I got up early yesterday to hit the trails before it gets scorching hot again. I’ve been wanting to go hiking for a while but the job search kept me busy past couple weeks. I felt almost relieved when we arrived at the Portuguese Bend Reserve. “Ahh.. we are finally here.”, I thought. Even Xena looked relieved. Maybe she was just happy to get out of the car.
Once I got there, I was in a mood for a hill workout. I ditched my usual routine and made up as I went which, of course, left Xena in confusion occasionally. 🙂 The only plan I had at that point was that I was going to include Water Tank Trail at some point. It is a short (approx. 0.2 miles) but steep climb. A great hill workout!
We hiked 3 miles and added a hill workout as I wanted. When we finished Water Tank Trail, we both panted happily as we stood there looking down at the trail. It was a fabulous morning!
In case anyone is interested in doing this hike, here are the directions from the trailhead:
Take Burma Road. Turn right on to Peacock Flats Trail. Turn left on Burma Road then make a quick right on to Ailor Trail. When the trail splits, turn left and keep going until you see the sign for Eagle’s Nest Trail. Take a right and descend.
Turn right on Burma Road. Turn left on to Vanderlip Trail. Stay on Vanderlip until you meet Water Tank Trail on your left. It’s all uphill from here. Turn left on Burma Road. You can stay on Burma Road until the end or take Burma – Peacock Flats – Burma like I did. On Burma Rd, there is a good place to stop and rest if you need it.
Good to Know:
- Trail map
- Distance: 3.1 miles RT
- Elevation Gain: 745 feet
- One portable restroom on Burma Road (approx. 3/4 miles from the trailhead)
- Free street parking on Crenshaw Blvd.
- Notable: highly trafficked, mostly exposed, wildflowers