Jade Cove and Plaskett Rock [CLOSED]

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Los Padres National Forest

Jade Cove and Plaskett Rock [CLOSED] is a 0.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lucia, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.3 miles Elevation Gain: 65 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This trail is closed due to COIVD-19 Extremely short hike along the bluffs ends with a straight down scramble to the water. Ropes have been added to help you. Not good for those who have knee trouble, are holding babies, etc.

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2 months ago

Gorgeous view of the cove, steep and muddy but there is a rope installed that helped with the climb. Two hands needed. No signage just a pull off from the main road.

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3 months ago

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no shade
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8 months ago

A favorite spot of mine!

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bugs
11 months ago

Positives: There is jade and serpentine everywhere in the cove! It was very cool to see Negative: The trail is covered in Poison Oaks and Ticks There is no service so make sure you have a physical map It’s pretty treacherous to get down to, the top is very accessible, but getting down to the water requires three-points of contact for safety Tips: Don’t bring a dog, they will be covered in ticks, poison oak, and may not be able to scale the mountain on the way back (learned that the hard way) Go to the left (when facing the ocean), to find the most jade, some light bouldering is required but it’s worth it. Overall, I recommend it!

hiking
Sat Dec 29 2018

Short walk with beautiful views of the ocean. Before climbing down to the cove make sure the anchor for the rope is secure. It was a little sketchy when I went down, but didn't notice the anchor until I climbed back up. Make your way out to the end of the rocky over look to see otters playing in the surf. I'd suggest going later in the day, because the sunsets are amazing.

Tue Dec 27 2016

Great little jaunt down to rocky beach, bit steep. Wear decent hiking shoes. Pretty.

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Tue Sep 01 2015

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.

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Mon Aug 26 2013

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.

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

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10 months ago

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11 months ago

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11 months ago

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Sat Apr 20 2019

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Tue Aug 28 2018

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Sun Jul 08 2018

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Sat Apr 14 2018

Tue Jun 20 2017

recorded Jade cove trail

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Mon Apr 28 2014