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Christmas Tree Cove

Christmas Tree Cove
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Site Review by
 Roland Baker
Date: 08/12/2004

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Roland Baker Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Hermosa Beach Reef:    3.00
State:   CA Animal:    3.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   5 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   0 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    2.00

Evaluation

*Average:    2.87
The trail was in pretty good condition and I would consider it safe for healthy individuals. The climb up is very taxing and I would recommend 2 trips to get your gear back to the car. Entry from the rocks on the north side of the cove was pretty easy in the smallish surf. We then surface swam to the outer south reef before descending. Vis was in the 15'-20' range. My wife was not comfortable with the surge on the outer reef so we made our heading back towards the kelp bed in the center of the cove. There was a few Garibaldi, perch and good sized calicos around. Tons of starfish and purple urchins. Spotted a 2-3lb lobster. Enjoyable, but uneventful. I aborted our plan to exit from the original rock entry point due to the increased surf and my wife's inexperience. We exited on the small stone beach to the south side of the cove which was easy. However, this exit requires lugging your gear over some pretty large boulders and this will require two trips to do safely. This is a dive to do when you feel in top shape and are looking for some serious exercise.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    3.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    3.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2004
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00
 
 


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