I heard about Jade Cove Beach while combing Yelp reviews for our trip to California. Being coastal adventurers appealed to me, so I added it to the list of things we might check out during our drive up &/or down the California coast in October 2012.
It is likely you will miss the shoulder turn-out that is nearest Jade Cove Beach. We did, but managed to pull off 1/2 mile up the road & trek back by foot to the trail head.
Ooh, look down there. At first you will find yourself on a meandering trail along the top of a bluff. & then you will find yourself doing switchbacks and the trail gets steep. & then…then, you find a rope that some kind benefactor has tied so you can have the fake confidence as you rappel down the side.
Yes. You heard me: rappel.
Once you’re down there, there are a bunch of tide pools to climb to and explore.
My favorite seaweed finds.
Below is me on the climb back up, hoping that this rope is tied as secure as I want it to be. Real shoes definitely recommended. It isn’t the place for a lot of loose accessories or bags.
There’s no official ‘Coastal Adventurer’ badge handed out once you reach the top again, but there might as well be! What a remote little find on the California coast.