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Jade Cove in Big Sur, California

Jade Cove is a rocky cove south of Sand Dollar Picnic Area on the southern Big Sur Coast. Jade Cove is known for the jade stones that have been plucked from these waters for years. Monterey Jade comes in many colors including grayish green (most common), emerald green, black, red, blue, and even white. Some of the stones pulled from Jade Cove have been very large and valuable, but few quality stones remain. Even though the get-rich-quick jewels are gone, it’s still worth the hike to see this rocky cove. Wear sturdy shoes to explore this cove as the route down is steep and the shoreline is very rocky. Read the signage at the trailhead to know the rules of this beach – nothing can be removed now. Look for parking spaces on both sides of Highway 1 as close to the Los Padres National Forest sign for Jade Cove. From this parking area you will walk across an open meadow toward the water to find the route down. North Jade Cove is just a bit farther north along the bluff trail, but the descent into that cove is even steeper.

69232 Cabrillo Hwy
Big Sur, CA 93920
Park Name
Jade Cove Beach Recreation Area, Los Padres National Forest
National Forest
Rockhounding, Hiking
No Facilities
Pet Policy
Dogs allowed on leash

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