A majestic shoreline hike along the Pacific Ocean offering picturesque views and multiple caves guaranteed to awe any adventurer.
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- Take the 110 South and prepare for the exit towards Gaffey Street / San Pedro. After exiting the freeway, take a right on West 1st Street and then a left once you hit South Western Avenue. As you head down Western, you'll take a right on West 25th Street and this will eventually turn into Palos Verdes Drive and the entrance will be approximately 4.8 miles up the road. Keep in mind you'll need to make a U-turn in order to reach the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park parking lot.
- NOTE: There's no need for a parking pass when parking in the lot at the trailhead entrance, but parking will be a maximum of $12 if you stay longer than 2 hours. Visit the city of Rancho Palos Verdes' website for more information regarding hours, dog restrictions and parking costs.
- NOTE: Please be mindful of the time of day if you plan to hike along the beach. We hiked during low-tide, but if you hike during high-tide the trip can become very dangerous and rescues are often done with hikers venturing out when the tide is too high. Be sure to check weather conditions before setting out on this hike and be open to the possibility that you may need to alter your hiking route.
- Begin your hike from the main parking lot and head down Abalone Cove Trail going south. As you head down, keep in mind there are several trails that intersect with this trail before you come towards the fence that leads into the Abalone Shoreline Park.
- Continue down this trail until you hit the intersection of Beach School Trail. You'll know you hit the new trail because there's a building to the right along the beach, but you'll want to take a left and a couple hundred feet down this path will be Altamira Canyon.
- Enter the canyon and take a right in order to make your way onto the beach. Depending on the time of day, you may need to take Sea Dahlia Trail if the tide is too high.
- When you're on the beach, continue heading south until you meet up with Olmsted Trail. This will be the furthest point south you can walk before you're in front of Portuguese Point.
- Take the ascending Olmsted Trail up towards Portuguese Point Loop and be sure to stay on the widest trail until you're at the loop. When you reach the top of Portuguese Point, feel free to take a walk around the loop and witness the stunning views of the ocean and surrounding areas of Ranch Palos Verdes and San Pedro.
- After the stroll around Portuguese Point Loop, you'll want to take a right on Cave Trail (yea, you're heading down to the beach again). It's a steep decent towards Sacred Cove so be careful as you go down.
- Once you make it to the beach, you have the option to turn right and explore some tide pools and capture photos of one of the multiple caves in the coves. When you're finished taking any photos or relaxing, continue south along the shoreline of Sacred Cove.
- The stroll along Sacred Cove's beach was my absolute favorite part of the hike. The beach is covered with small stones that catch the waves as they enter the cove and create an absolutely incredible sound. We had to take a moment to relax in this area because it was beyond peaceful and tranquil listening to the waves retreat over the beach pebbles.
- As you walk further south along Sacred Cove, you'll meet up with the cliff side of Inspiration Point. Depending on the time of day, there will be even more tide pools to explore along with a large cave at the end of Inspiration Point.
- When you decide to head back, there are two options to make your way up to ground level. We ended up taking Cove Access Trail (green trail below in map), but there were others who took the more rugged route of Cliffside Trail.
- Once you make it to ground level, you have multiple options of returning to the car park. You can follow along the roadside back or explore the trails that lead back on your own. We made our hike a partial loop and took Smuggler's Trail that leads back to Olmsted Trail after passing the Palos Verdes Heritage Castle Museum. When we were on Olmsted Trail, we merged back with the trail we started with at Portuguese Loop to get back to the parking lot.