Hunting for Stone-Cold Rich Stuff at Jade Cove in California
Tourists and serious rock hounds alight to recharge childhood treasure-hunting fantasies in Jade Cove, and maybe even bring home a rock or several. Approximately 30 miles south of Big Sur Inn, there are no restrictions to who is allowed to collect jade—aside from the unspoken “Thou shalt be able to climb up and down yon rope hanging from a spike leading into Jade Cove," but there are definitely rules governing the manner in which it is collected. Do your homework on that, and educate yourself on how to recognize jade apart from other rock material in the area. It is also advisable to obtain a detailed map describing how to get there, as you wouldn’t want to end up in say, Gorda, with diminished fuel as well as sunlight. Don’t forget waterproof clothing (it’s wet!), climbing shoes, and snacks. And some say it’s better to go after a storm.