Overview of Christmas Tree Cove

Christmas Tree Cove

Christmas Tree Cove
California Mid
USA West


Site Review by
 John from West Hollywood
Date: 08/16/2008


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  John from West Hollywood Entry:    1.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   West Hollywood Reef:    4.00
State:   CA Animal:    2.00
Country:   United States Plant:    4.00
Diving:   2 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   18 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    3.11
To all those who actually went diving here, you're incredible. I'm not sure if the trail was 'rebuilt,' but it's a perilous climb down. What's worse is that there's a private trail with stairs and hand rails just teasing you, leading down from some huge mansion that probably belongs to one of the Lakers. My wife and I just brought our fins and mask for some free diving and the climb was tough. I can't imagine going down with all my gear, tank and weights. BUT, if you do decide to take the challenge, it's a beautiful and remote spot. Parking is a breeze and we only saw a couple of other friendly hikers, other than that, it was private. After the descent, we climbed (hand and foot) over some rocks to get to our entry point (divers probably enter just to the north of the hike down). Vis was about 10-15, but among the rocks, there were some amazing sea urchin beds, numbering in the hundreds, plus starfish and other exotic plant life. I'm no pro when it comes to identifying fish, but there were thin green schools about 4 inches long, 6 inch blue fish, and something big that looked like a trout. I'd love to revisit to scuba, but the hike is just too perilous, or would require 3 trips up and down.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    3.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2008
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    4.00

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