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Plaskett Creek and Jade Cove
On the Big Sur coast, Los Padres National Forest, California

Plaskett Creek Campground is at the base of Plaskett Point, a great place for wave watching.

South of the point are two small indentations known as Jade Cove. Massive poutcrops of serpentinite occur in the cliffs, as offshore rocks, and in the seabed. The hard minerals jadeite and nephrite weather out of the rock and are smoothed by the action of the surf. Collecting of jade is allowed only below high tide level, and the best finds have been by divers.

Los Padres National Forest: Plaskett Creek Campground
Wikipedia: Jade Cove

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Plaskett Creek Campground

Plaskett Creek Campground

An idyllic campground run by the forest service, on the broad coastal terrace across Highway 1 from Sand Dollar Beach. The grass here is kept green by fog drip from the pines and cypresses.

Plaskett Creek Campground, Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2015
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North from Plaskett Point

North from Plaskett Point

Looking north from Plaskett Point towards Sand Dollar Beach. Cone Peak is the summit on the long skyline ridge, rising more than 5000 feet (1530 meters) directly from sea level.

Plaskett Point, Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2015
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Plaskett Point

Plaskett Point

At the tip of Plaskett Point. Plaskett Creek Campground is in the tress at the base of the mountains, Sand Dollar Beach to the north and Jade Cove to the south.

Plaskett Point, Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2015
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Winter surf at Plaskett Point

Winter surf at Plaskett Point

Big waves run alongside the point, towards Sand Dollar Beach.

Plaskett Point, Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: January 9, 2006
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Meadows on the marine terrace at Plaskett Creek

Meadows on the marine terrace at Plaskett Creek

Meadows on the marine terrace at Plaskett Creek. This was the last year these grasslands were grazed.

Plaskett Point, Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: January 9, 2006
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Serpentinite at Plaskett Point

Serpentinite at Plaskett Point

Plaskett Point is just north of Jade Cove. The jagged pinnacle seen here is mostly serpentinite, the source rock for semi-precious jade and nephrite.

Plaskett Point, Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2015
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Trail down to Jade Cove

Trail down to Jade Cove

The somewhat precarious trail down to Jade Cove. This area is famous for pebbles and chunks of nephrite and jade that have eroded from the green serpentinite rock in the cliffs.

Jade Cove, Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2015
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South of Jade Cove

South of Jade Cove

Just south of Jade Cove. Although jade can be found on the narrow beaches, most of the best specimens are found by scuba divers off shore.

Jade Cove, Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2015
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