Abalone Cove and Portuguese Point

Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275

Abalone Cove and Portuguese Point

Abalone Cove and Portuguese Point Professional Guide

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"Abalone Cove Shoreline Park and Eco logical Preserve is a federal reserve where grassy 180-foot bluffs offer easy access to the rocky shoreline. The 80-acre preserve extends from Abalone Cove to Portuguese Point and Sacred Cove (also known as Smugglers Cove).

Sacred Cove is bordered by tidepools at both points. From Portuguese Point are magnificent views of Abalone Cove, Long Point, Sacred Cove, Inspiration Point, White Point, Point Fermin, and Catalina Island. The oceanfront park sits at the foot of the unstable and actively slipping Portuguese Bend landslide area."

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Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster)
John McKinney
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"Abalone Cove offers the hiker a fine sampling of the pleasures of the PV shoreline: tidepools, sandy beaches and dramatic 180-foot high bluffs laced with trails. The excellent vistas from the top of the bluffs include Sacred (Smugglers) Cove and Inspiration Point, Catalina Island and the wide blue Pacific, and inland to the Portuguese Bend landslide zone. Mile-long Abalone Cove Shoreline Park boasts two beaches—East Beach, a sandy beach at the east end of the cove and Upper Beach, an artificially raised rocky and sandy beach created in the 1930s for a resort hotel, whose former clubhouse now serves as a lifeguard facility. An ecological reserve protects the rich tidepools and offshore kelp beds." Read more

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Trail Information

Rancho Palos Verdes
Nearby City
150 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1 hour
U.S.G.S. Redondo Beach and San Pedro
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Dec 2018