Jade Cove and Plaskett Rock is a 1.5 mile out and back trail located near Big Sur, CA. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Really cool little area! Very easy to miss. Just pull over after passing Sand Dollar Beach when heading south as Hwy 1 hits the first big bend. Probably a mile or so past Sand Dollar. You'll see little wooden stairs at a turn-off that go over the fence where you should start. Would have gotten a photo to help but my phone died.
Walking down the hill to the cove is pretty easy, someone has put some ropes to hold onto. Careful cause it gets steep fast. When down there I found some shards of Jade and a large red abalone shell. Pretty cool!
Advice, wear shoes and not sandals. Also check the tide charts! Don't go during high tide or you'll be stuck on the cliff and can't explore.
A lovely walk through the bluffs, and then a scramble down into the actual cove. It's incredibly relaxing, especially because there aren't many (if any) people around, so take some time to sit in the cove and listen to the waves.