How to get to Abalone Cove Reserve, California

Beach Trails in Rancho Palos Verdes

The beach trail is calling and we're going. We haven't done much hiking close to the ocean, I can only name a few short hikes on our list like Point Dume Beach, El Matador Beach, and Parker Mesa Overlook. 

I've been missing the smell of the ocean, hearing the waves, and walking on sand. This is going to be a relaxing and short hike along the beachline of Rancho Palos Verdes. Let's go!

How to get there: Abalone Cove Reserve 
Location: 5970 Palos Verdes Dr S, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 
Entrance fee: Free 
Parking: Pay Parking or Street Parking (First 30 Minutes is FREE, 6 USD for 30 minutes to 2 hours and 12 USD for over than 2 hours parking)

Route: Abalone Cove Reserve via Sea Dahlia Trail, Portuguese Viewpoint, and Olmsted Trail
Distance: 1.4 miles loop (back and forth), we might have done more as we went to check out some other trails.
Duration: 2 hours (back and forth, depending on pace) 
Elevation: 269 feet
Highlights: Ocean views and Catalina Island

We parked near the residential area, a little bit far from this area but that's fine with us as it warmed us up for the hike. 

It starts flat from the parking area and then you reached this point where the beach trail goes slightly downhill on dirt paths.

A peek view of the beach trails up ahead.

The wind was nice and refreshing. A different kind of view compared to our usual mountain hikes.

This hike is perfect for beginners, easy and not too long to see the views. Even from the very start of the trail, we're greeted with the awesome beauty of the ocean.

Sea Dahlia Trail 

There's a paved road for bicycles after the short dirt road walk. Then from that point, we turned to Sea Dahlia Trail to get closer to the waters. 

Another slightly downhill path. Be careful, safety first.

Tadah! Here we are!

This is it!

Hubby found this big rock where we had a short break and simply stared at the waters.


Stare one more time!

During our hike, the sea cave close to the tide pools is closed for safety purposes due to falling rocks.

We found this stone tower and decided to play with it.

The only thing I did was adding that smallest rock on the very top.

Our masterpiece! Well, not really as someone already made it for us. Thank you, Zen Master. We just added the finishing touches.

That's it! From here you can turn back to your car and head home for an early lunch. However, it was such a short trail that we wanted to see more.

We continued walking as the beach trail ends and got back to the dirt road.

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Hiking tip: Invest in a small, lightweight day-use backpack. We love our Ubon backpack and no regrets.

Portuguese Viewpoint
The dirt road leads us around the hill to Portuguese Viewpoint.

I saw the famous Catalina Island which is part of my to-do checklist here in California. Hopefully, the COVID season subsides and we can all go back to exploring beautiful places.

This is the end of the loop but we still want more, so from this point, we turned to Olmsted Trail.

Olmsted Trail
The trail continued flat with an overlooking view of the ocean.

Don't mind passing through the Smugglers Trail. It's a small path which we don't find really amusing.

The trail kinda ends from here where we found this metal fence.

Ocean views as we followed the pipes leading to Sacred Cove Trail.

Sacred Cove View Trail
We stopped from here just to look at the vantage view of the ocean one last time.

Going back to the parking area we just walked on the side of the road and then slowly made our home. It was like a walk in the park, literally, but the short hike was good enough for us.

Have fun and be safe ^__^

Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare why not go to Corriganville Park in Simi Valley, California.

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is relaxing by the water at Castaic Lake, California

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