Abalone Cove Beach Views & Tips
Abalone Cove beach is located on the southwest portion of rancho palos verdes on the palos verdes peninsula.
This 1.1 mile out-and-back hike whose path seems straightforward, but here are 9 "things I wish I'd known" before visiting:
Abalone cove beach and its hiking trails feature rugged hills with coastal vegetation and wild flowers and is good for most skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Let’s get to our numbered tips:
1. PARKING: There is a paid parking lot. The first 30 minutes are not charged, and then it's $2 an hour. If you're wanting the steps and watching the budget, there is street parking near the fire station that is west of abalone cove.
2. CLOSURES: There is a hiking trail that can be closed, or portions closed, at any given time.
3. PROTECTED AREAS: Also be mindful and follow rules about MPA (marine protected area) signs.
4. TRAFFIC: The trail hike is a 1.1 mile that can be heavily trafficked. If you want a quieter hike, try to get there earlier in the morning.
5. RESTROOMS: There are facilities in the parking lot area and porta potty option down near the beach.
6. DOGS: Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Dogs are not allowed on the beach or in the water, for those of you who thought of swimming around the cape to circumvent the rule.
7. TIDES: check when low tide is if you want to explore the tide pools. Remember, wildlife in those pools needs to remain undisturbed!
8. DIFFICULTY: although the path is marked and straightforward, out-and-back, there are steep down and up inclines, as well as rough patches and steps, so it is better described as a moderate hike, rather than easy.
9. LONGER HIKING OPTIONS: This one trail can turn into three or four miles if you go to all the coves and the trails: Smugglers Trail, Inspiration Trail, and Archery Trail. Other folks like to add onto this hike by going the Terranea Discovery Trail, which gives both the rugged views and also the Terranea Resort landscaped views.
BONUS TIP: FOOTWEAR: Consider water shoes because the water is so inviting and that way you can see the tide pools up close.
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