GEORGE F. CANYON PRESERVE
Bob Shanman leads a walk at George F Canyon on the 4th Wednesday of each month. The walk starts at 8:30am in the Nature Center Parking Lot.
An easy escape: It only takes a few steps down the trail to find the noise of the city replaced with the singing of birds and buzz of insects.
Habitat: Micro-forests, seasonal stream, grasslands
Terrain: A single packed dirt trail runs the length of the canyon. The roughly 1 mile trail is fairly level with the exception of the last sixth which takes you up a steep incline to the top of the canyon.
Facilities: Restroom available when Nature Center is open. Drinking fountain on Nature Center deck and at marker #1 along trail. Benches throughout.
Hours: The Nature Center is open Friday 1pm - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm, other days by appointment. The trails are open daily from dawn till dusk.
Located on 36 acres, the Preserve features a nature trail and stream that passes through one of the most pristine and beautiful canyons on the Peninsula. The Preserve is the site of the only mainland exposure of the Peninsula's Catalina schist bedrock.
Also of interest and delight is the intermittent stream that is a magnet for insects, birds and mammals. Interpretive signage and plenty of benches to rest on create a delightful way to experience both willow-riparian and coastal sage scrub habitats. A spectacular view of the Los Angeles basin awards those who make it to the top either by foot or horseback.
The Preserve has a nature center that looks out over a restored native demonstration garden with a rainbow of wildflowers in the springtime. The center is owned by the City of Rolling Hills Estates and operated by the Conservancy. Inside, visitors view displays and can consult books and other information about the plants, animals, insects, geology, and natural history of the canyon. The center also houses a small living animal collection that allows people to have a close-up view of some the amazing reptiles and amphibians that live nearby.