The North Reserve of the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve is built around an 11-acre lake with 2 main trail sections: the North and the South. In this park, you'll find an amphitheater, an archery range, a model airplane field, a golf course, and several other unique recreational features. This Reserve provides visitors with a good experience of what the San Fernando Valley might have been like before agriculture and later urbanization, and the restoration of this basin now provides a place for native plant species and animals to regenerate.
What Makes It Great
The North section trail is 2.6 miles long, with only about 10 ft. elevation gain. It is a well-maintained dirt trail that begins at the Japanese Gardens and passes a large pond and several open grass areas. As a result of this trail's flat terrain and low mileage, this a very easy route for the family. The fact that it's located in a wildlife preserve is an added benefit because it gives the kids a great educational opportunity regarding the importance of conservation and nature protection. The park is not dog friendly, so be sure to leave the pups at home. This is a fun trail that is easily accessed from the city. Enjoy!
Who is Going to Love It
This is an easy trail run that many runners opt to make two or three loops on. It's a good one to add in to a day in the basin doing other things such as hiking or simply enjoying a BBQ. Birders will also enjoy the avian presence in the basin.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Sepulveda Basin is located at 6350 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406. There are no fees to visit the park.