It’s not a very likeable or enjoyable place for most people. If I had my way, I’d be able to get in shape just by sitting on my couch, watching Netflix and eating pizza. But unfortunately, this just doesn’t happen – so I like finding every possible alternate to going to the gym. Hiking is a great way to stay fit and also lets me avoid the gym altogether. Ocean hikes are definitely at the top of my list because the breathtaking views generally help take my mind off the horrible burning in my legs while hiking giant hills.
We decided to cross Palos Verdes off our list first, and we were not disappointed! Abalone Cove Shoreline Park had everything we were looking for: ocean views, a great workout, tide pools, hidden caves and a variety of paths. And it only took us 20 minutes to drive there which made it even better. We had no idea such an awesome and beautiful hike was hidden right in our backyard. Even the rocks along the beaches were perfect! Unfortunately, we got there right at high tide so some of the tide pools were impossible to get to. We did, however, manage to find some higher up with all kinds of sea critters in them.
Sea critters hanging out in the tide pools.
There were so many different paths to take up in the hills, but we generally took the ones that were right along the ocean. After hiking up a narrow, steep path, we finally arrived at the top of a cliff right as the sun was setting. It was the most peaceful, gorgeous sunset I think I’ve ever seen. All of my problems and stress just seemed to slip away as we watched the ocean gobble up the sun.
Watching the sunset from the top of a cliff…doesn’t get much better than that!
Simply put, the hike was perfect; there wasn’t one bad thing about it. You get a front row seat to a beautiful California sunset from almost any trail you take, even at high tide we were able to check out the awesome tide pools, it had everything from flat to steep trails depending on your preference or badass level and the trails were practically empty! If you’re looking for an ocean trail hike, then be sure to check this place out.
Enjoying the sunset at the end of our awesome hike!
*Note: Be sure to check their hours before you go! They generally want you off the trails by 4 p.m. or dusk. For more information, take a peek at their website HERE.