Adventuring at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park

Abalone Cove

Wide variety of easy trails to choose from. Abundance of tide pools full of sea life and scenic bluff-top viewing areas. You can be adventurous and swim across the channel to get to the different sea caves. Perfect place to swim, relax, or explore – something for everyone here.

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park is a Palos Verdes gem. This 64-acre reserve is a state ecological preserve. There is something for everyone here, whether you want to relax and lay out or be adventurous and swim across channels to get to sea caves. The large parking area is very easy to find and costs $5 per car. Plan accordingly since it is only open from 12pm-4pm Monday through Friday and 9am-4pm on weekends. From the parking lot, head east towards the marked trails. To reach the beach, start with the Abalone Cove Trail until you reach the Beach School Trail. When you hit the junction, turn left and follow the trail until you arrive at the beach.

Once at the beach, head to the left and make your way over the rocks toward the bluff. In just about ¾ of a mile, you will reach the tide pools. Make sure you plan your trip around low tide to fully enjoy the tide pools and caves. As you approach the tide pools beneath Portuguese Point, you’ll first notice the natural stairs of rocks in the water. You will find many tide pools filled with sea urchin, hermit crabs, and sea anemone. Past the tide pools you can climb up on the rocks where you’ll see the first cave. If you’re feeling adventurous, wait until the waters are calm and cautiously cross the channel to the other side. The expansive tide pools and views of another sea cave are definitely worth it.

Be sure to bring a dry bag to protect your valuables while crossing the channel. Water shoes or sandals are also recommended to protect your feet from the rocks. On the other side, you will find stunning views of the cliffs of Portuguese Point reflecting on the tide pools. Very few are daring enough to venture across the channel so you will definitely have less of a crowd to compete with. If you continue on, you’ll find another cave and you can cross another channel to reach Sacred Cove.

Pack List

  • Bathing suit
  • Dry bag
  • Towel
  • Waterproof shoes or sandals
  • Camera
  • GoPro
  • Sun protection
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Swimming
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Scenic

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Be Careful!

The great thing about this hike is that it has its own parking lot. Payment for parking is somewhere around $5 for the day. You will hike downhill to the beach where you are able to crawl along the rocks. Not made for children under 5 as it can become slippery and dangerous. Also not made for dogs/animals as they are not allowed on beach/off leash - you will get ticketed. Great place to explore the beach and get your fix of ocean breeze!

Nice and relaxing

Abalone Cove is a great little spot to get away from the city. There are little trails that lead down to the coves and to the shore. Make sure to catch Abalone Cove when the tides are low so you can enjoy the tide pools!

Great Place For A Family Outing

I love coming to Abalone Cove Shoreline Park if I'm looking for something relaxing to do during my weekend. It has picnic tables in a wide open grass area, and it's a short hike down to the beach. The cove is great for viewing tide pools, and I always see kids having a good time looking at sea stars, sea urchins, crabs, and all the little fishes. The cove is also a great location to view/photograph the sunset. My only complaint would have to be that during summer when sunset is later in the evening, the entrance to the parking lot (pay-to-park) usually closes a few hours before sunset, so make sure you check the parking times. You can stay as long as you like since they leave the exit open. Overall, I'd highly recommend this adventure!


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