A Coastal Retreat

Story and photos by Lissette Mendoza-Tapia


In the mood for a beach day or coastal hike? Why not do both? A 30-minute car ride to Abalone Cove in Rancho Palos Verdes will give you the perfect getaway from the city. The hike is approximately two miles with around 400 feet of elevation change. Parking is $6 for 2 hours and $12 for more than two hours. There’s also limited street parking. Don’t forget your hiking shoes!


Picnic with a View

As you make your way to the trails, you’ll find a picnic and seating area with a picturesque view of the ocean. It’s the perfect place to fuel up before or after your hike. There is also a landscaped area near the edge of the cliff if you want to get a closer view.


Tailor Your Hike

The moderately difficult trail, with lush greenery on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, has a couple of end points. If you just want to enjoy the water, you can simply follow a 10-minute path down to the beach. If you want more of a challenge, then continue along the trail until you get to the tidepools.


Take in the Tidepools

A 30-minute hike through a steep and rocky trail will lead you to the tidepools. Take this opportunity to hop on some rocks and explore. Feeling tired from the hike? Sit on the rocks and listen to the waves crashing right next to you. In the need for an adrenaline rush? Come during low tide and take a refreshing swim in the cove.

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