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Portuguese Bend w/ Maggie Switek {Economics}

If you dream of traveling to Big Sur, but don’t want to load the mileage on your car, here’s your consolation prize: a local getaway to sweeping ocean vistas, towering craggy cliffs, and churning teal seas via a six-mile round trip from the top of Palos Verdes’ Portuguese Bend Reserve to sea level at Sacred Cove. We will sea cliffs! We will sea oceans! We might even have thyme for PV tide pools!!


  • Hat / sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • H2O

  • Packed lunch/snacks

  • Waivers

**NOTE** There will very likely be a German Shepherd on this hike. Please take this into consideration before signing up.


PEAK: Portuguese Bend


SCENERY: You'll sea some ocean views

FUN FACT: An August 2009 wildfire burned approximately 165-acres within the Portuguese Reserve :(

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RATE MY PROFESSOR: "Maggie is my favorite professor at USC! She is not only an amazing professor but an awesome person in every way. Extremely caring, helpful, accessible, and really is passionate about economics and teaching. She wants her students to succeed and will help them in any way. 100% recommend -- if you have the option to take her, do it!"

Dr. Switek received both an M.A and Ph.D in Economics from USC after completing her undergraduate degree at Universidad de las Americas - Puebla. She has worked at Cornerstone research and IZA, and is fluent in Spanish and Polish. Her research focuses on life satisfaction and development economics.


TRIP LEAD: Catkinson

Let’s get swifty

Contact Catherine:

Read Catherine's bio here.

ADDRESS: Ishibashi Trail, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275