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Abalone Cove Shoreline Park & Ecological Reserve

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How to access tidepools

We learned the hard way that some tide pools are not accessible. Here’s the easiest way to access... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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You can have an enjoyable experience right here in our backyard. A small hike leads you to a... read more

Reviewed June 4, 2019
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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5970 Palos Verdes Dr S, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-5924
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We learned the hard way that some tide pools are not accessible. Here’s the easiest way to access tide pools: •Park in the main parking lot •Walk SE along the road until you reach the Cliffside trailhead (google maps says this is near 5052 Palos...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed June 4, 2019

You can have an enjoyable experience right here in our backyard. A small hike leads you to a wonderful cove where you can enjoy the marine life in the tide pools at low tide. Bring a picnic and either have it in the cove or...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Reviewed January 15, 2019

You will find excellent parking (cost) off of PV West. The trek down is safe but a little arduous, specially on the wave back up. You will have to time your visit with low tide, specially a minus tide. The reef is very accessible at...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

We have been coming here as one of our routine trail run. The view is fantastic, clean air and easily accessible. There’s a clean bathroom in the park, picnic tables and ample of parking. There’s only one entrance so watch to your right side when...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank LoveCaliforniaLiving
Reviewed November 27, 2018

We went there to hike the Abalone Cove Trail but they are revitalizing the area so there were areas you could not get to. Some of the trails were closed too, which was disappointing but what areas we could get to were amazing. The views...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed August 30, 2018

We went at the height of summer and it was too hot for our young kids. Definitely bring water with you in the summer! There is a pretty decent elevation change between the parking area and the ocean trails and paths. Several of the hiking...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank IsaacB1037
Reviewed July 17, 2018

It's an intermediate walk from the parking area to the shoreline, but you will be well rewarded with scenery and critters along the way. If you love, or just like, looking for the ocean's living things, this is a place to visit.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank davidkoch2017
Reviewed May 16, 2018

Beautiful trails for walking, although the kids especially enjoyed collecting rocks along the shoreline.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed March 23, 2018

A bit of a hike to get down to the shore but well worth it if you enjoy tidal pools...I'm from the northeast where I do a fair amount of tidal pool exploring but everything is bigger, brighter and more beautiful in California!

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank johnpw
Reviewed January 29, 2018

Perhaps there usually is sea life in the tidal pools but not on the day we visited and its quite a hike to get down to the rocks...and back up again! Still, we got to watch dolphin swimming just off shore so that was fun...but...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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July 12, 2017|
Response from Marz J | Reviewed this property |
There's more tide pool options at abalone much more to see.. best thing to do is check the tide surf. Many more beautiful views and rocky surfaces to check out and explore.
July 8, 2017|
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Response from Partypoodle | Reviewed this property |
The tide pools are amazing. There's a huge area away from the falling rocks, so that won't dampen the experience. I was there just a couple weeks ago and we saw striped crabs, sea hares (sea cucumbers), hermit crabs, birds... More