Sandy beach
No
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
No
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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This beautiful and secluded cove in Palos Verdes, California, is worth the time and effort required to reach the destination. It's a very rocky beach that has gorgeous, deep-blue waters and many tide pools. Depending on the time of year, you can also see wildflowers along the overhanging cliffs.

Many people choose to enjoy these views from atop the cliffs rather than hiking down to the cove because it is a steep and slippery trail, despite it being only a short distance. While at the edge of the Pacific, set aside some time to explore the aquatic life in the tide pools, which are dispersed along the beach and easy to find. At low tide, it is possible to walk along the beach to Palos Verdes Point, where the remains of an old shipwreck are gradually being claimed by the ocean.

The Bluff Cove Trail leading to the beach/cove is an unmarked, short, incredibly steep and slippery hike. This is definitely not for the faint of heart; you have to hold onto a rope and slide backwards down the hill for the majority of the hike. In order to ascend, you must hold onto the rope while walking and sometimes will need to pull yourself along the way as well. For the adventurous, this is all part of the fun.

If you are looking to find a place of solitude where you can enjoy the sounds of the waves crashing against a rocky shoreline, this is the place for you.

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Great views. Secluded. Tide pools.

Cons

Hard to find and access.

Features

Fishing
Tide pools
Wildlife
Tide pools

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

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