Abalone Cove is one of the beaches on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Yesterday, I figured it would be a good idea to check out that area as far as hiking goes. There are some popular hiking trails in the area, and I thought about the Shipwreck Trail, which isn't very far from Abalone Cove. I was put off that adventure by the recent Local Hikes comments that said there were a bunch of dead, headless seals on way that really stank. Why there would be so many dead seals there, and headless - is a mystery to me. But it was a sight I didn't want to see.
So instead I went to Abalone Cove, which is the site of most excellent tidepools. I went at the wrong time of the day (early afternoon) because the tide was in, obscuring most of the pools. Abalone Cove is a very beautiful area, and there were a few people taking in the sun, and a couple of people fishing. It's not easy to get to no matter which way you go. It's not far from Portuguese Bend - and I even saw people calling it "the poor man's Portuguese Bend." You get to the area by parking in the large Abalone Cove Shoreline Park parking lot, which does cost $5. I think it is a city of Palos Verdes Park, and there is also a beach school down by the beach which is super-cute.
This is a view of the main beach area looking south from near the beach school. To reach the tide pools, it is a lot of rock scrambling. With the tide farther out, you could probably walk on hard sand, which would be easier.
Here is another view of the beach, looking north.
Finally, a short way down the beach, there are some really gorgeous rocks in the water. It is amazing how much this area, although very developed, with numerous neighborhoods of beautiful homes and even the Trump National Golf Club, looks like the Central Coast once you are down on the beach. The weather is very different, however. It is much more like Orange County beach weather than the cooler climate just a few miles to the north.
Yesterday was a very bright, sunny day and the water color was unbelievably blue. Ocean coloration depends on a number of factors, but ocean water absorbs light in the red spectrum, causing the deep blue color. That is why, on a bright, sunny day, the ocean will often appear strikingly blue, and also why, on a cloudy day, the ocean appears grayish.
This UCLA web page explains all of this, and much more.
The Abalone Cove trail/beachwalk was described as "moderate" and, while these are questionable terms, since one person's "moderate" will be another one's "easy" and so-on, I think it really is moderate. I think it's about 2 1/2 miles, which is no big deal, but it's all downhill on the way in, and all uphill (steep) on the way out. That's "officially" moderate as far as I'm concerned. Abalone Cove is a beautiful natural area on the Los Angeles County coast, and a fun trip for anyone interested in the beach, nature and the outdoors. Minus the headless seals (thank goodness!). I also missed the nude sunbathers - those are supposed be located at Smugglers Cove, south of Abalone Cove. I went around the point and had a look - there were only two people there, with clothing on. How sad is that? You are either going to hike this beach in good boots, or you are going to take one of the several trails down from the top of the cliffs to the beaches, and not move around a lot, because the beaches are mostly rocky.