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“Fun for families”

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park & Ecological Reserve
Reviewed February 20, 2012

Bundle up wear your rain boots and discover nature. We found an Octopus and last visit a starfish eating a huge fish. Always something to see and do...A good work out walking on the rocks and up the hills on the way back. The fresh sea air and sun is very relaxing.

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Reviewed January 8, 2012

state park, walk down to rocky beach and up to ecological preserve with incredible views of coastline as well as dolphins and whales cavorting.

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Reviewed December 28, 2011

The Abalone Cove tide pools offer one of the best places to view mini marine life. Everything from starfish, hermit crabs, and sea slugs can be found here. Parking costs around $5, but it's well worth it! Visitors should be aware of the long hike down to the actual tide pools from the dirt parking lot. It took us about 20+ minutes to hike down due to the loose rocks and gravel along the path. Once you get to the beach and navigate about 5 minutes through crumbled stone, the beach sand is a godsend.

We were there around 3PM on a weekend and there were no more than 40 people around. Most of them were families and students (taking notes on the abundant marine life). The tide pools are quite calm, but navigating on the slippery rocks requires calculated steps as it's quite easy to dunk your shoes in water. Not fun! There is so much to see and observe in the water. I was surprised to come across hundreds of hermit crabs scurrying along the rocks. It's quite easy to spend a few hours here.

The hike back was pretty brutal. Walking down the hill to the beach was quite painless, walking back up it was another story. Pace yourself. It can be a good workout. Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and bring a camera!

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Reviewed October 28, 2011

We live on Abalone Cove, so I'm biased in my love of the place. Great local tide pools. The beach is a strenuous hike back uphill for those not in good shape. Rocky except for occasional low tide. Good for a short day hike.

1  Thank Alyson D
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

We went to Abalone Cove the end of September, I had read the reviews and thought this would be a great spot for a relatively easy hike. I found the trail was well marked and easy to walk. The views of the ocean are spectacular. We didn't see too much in the way of tidal pool activity..but you have to go during low tide. The tide was coming in when we went, the waves were quite large and we did get a bit wet. would recommend that you find out when low tide is and try to go then. The parking lot was closed and we parked at a roundabout just up the street from the gates.There is an information area where you can get some maps of the park. would also recommend going to Wayfarer chapel- which is across the street. Don't forget the camera for some great pics

1  Thank superjoe749
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