Pirates Cove via Cave Landing Road

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Avila Beach, California

Pirates Cove via Cave Landing Road is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Avila Beach, California that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and surfing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 0.5 miles Elevation Gain: 75 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips






2 months ago

This is not really a hike just a walk down to the beach. Too many high schoolers are trashing this place. Broken bottles and trash everywhere.

no shade
2 months ago

3 months ago

Fun and easy

Amazing views, steep incline but worth it. There’s a cool cave and access to the beach

More difficult than a typical moderate hike. Lots of steep inclines, but beautiful vistas.

no shade
8 months ago

Fri Nov 16 2018

First of all, this was a very short hike. The cave floor is full of broken glass so don't go bare foot. The cave has some graffiti. Could not climb down due to tide. When you reach the fork roughly half way, go LEFT. Nice hike to take someone new.

Thu Sep 20 2018

Park in small lot for parking, don't leave valuables in plain site. This is an easy hike which you can make as difficult as you want by going uphill from Pirates Cove. Tide was high so I did not go down onto beach. People were camping inside the cave which is not legal but they did not bother me. There was no wind so it was going to get how there in afternoon. This is a great hike to start out your day. Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

Tue Sep 04 2018

Breathtaking views of the beach along the way and even better up at the cove.

Wed Jun 27 2018

U have to use a rope to get down the beach and the breeze towards the cave is nice. Was about to go through the top area of the cave however we ran into a garter snake, looks full grown and decided not to go. Usually bad luck (superstitious beliefs)

Tue Apr 17 2018

BEAUTIFUL view but the cave has been graffitied a lot :( It was an easy hike and I had a baby in a carrier on. As far as the other reviews stated I don’t think you would see anyone from the nude beach unless you are looking, it’s in a different direction than the cave.

Sun Mar 25 2018

I honestly don’t think this is kid friendly at all, pirates is a college kid/nude beach hang out. Don’t know if I’d want my kids around that tbh. With that being said, as a college kid it’s a great place to meet people and hang out, really pretty and it’s a nice little hike to the beach. I haven’t been in the caves yet so I can’t say much about that.

Fri Mar 09 2018

Loved the cave. I wish people would respect nature and not vandalize it. There is some graffiti on the rocks and in the cave but it was still beautiful being above the ocean on cliffs looking out.

Tue Jul 04 2017

Short hike to a natural cave. Great for pictures. Interesting, but unimpressed with the graffiti, broken glass and urine.

Tue May 30 2017

It was a nice short hike! Not sure it should be listed as kid friendly, but that could just be my preference. There's a nude beach off to the side of the trail and the cave is littered with trash and tons of broken glass, which would be my biggest concern for the kids. But the view is nice at the cave!

Thu Nov 03 2016

One of my most favorite places to scramble around as a kid...

Tue Jun 14 2016

Beautiful but short. Only complaint is that there was so much trash and the cave smelled like urine

Sun May 08 2016

perfect family hike.

Thu May 05 2016

Small hike. Great place to get some quite and enjoy the view of the pacific. Down at the bottom there's a nudist beach. Perfect spot for a full body tan

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