Point Dume State Preserve features headlands, cliffs, rocky coves and vast beach access. The beach is presently operated by Los Angeles County, which also operates Zuma County Beach. These facilities are noted for swimming, surfing, scuba diving and fishing. Point Dume is a perfect place to watch for California gray whales during the December - March migration period. At the end of Westward Beach Road, access to Point Dume State Preserve begins from the cul-de-sac. A gradual ascending trail leads to an ancient coastal bluff sand dune. Visitors are asked to stay on the trail in an effort to help reserve this unique sand accumulation. An incredible view encompassing the entire Santa Monica Bay, north Malibu Coast, inland Santa Monica Mountains and distant Catalina Island may be enjoyed from the top on a clear day. Some disabled parking is available along Cliffside Drive, adjacent the bluff-top park area. For viewing platform access, negotiating a slight grade will be necessary. The beach is open from sunrise to sunset. Dogs are strictly prohibited. No fires are allowed at any time. Point Dume SB is one of the few California State Parks that does not accept the Annual Day Use Pass.
Daniel G. on Westward Beach to Malibu Pier Trail
Is really good for hike and view
3 stars for the beautiful view of the ocean.
1 star for a well maintained trail
1 star for walking of the beach
I have done this hike several times and its just always beautiful. Get there early as this hike is long and has a moderate difficulty. Oh yeah, bring lots of sunscreen and a hat if you don't want to get sunburn.
The trail starts at the end of the parking lot, so make sure you park as close to it as possible. Take the stair up and to walk on top of the cliff and make sure you enjoy the view. As some point, you'll have to take the stair down to a small beach crowded by surfers only. I guess it's a famous surf spot. Walk along the beach heading south toward Paradise cove.
Feel free to make Paradise cove your pit stop for lunch and enjoy a few drinks, but don't forget you still have to head back. Take in consideration there are oceans tides and coming back to late during the day won't be possible, if the tide has gone fully up. (alternative route is the PCH)
You can take your dog for this hike but you can not bring it to Paradise cove, they won't allow it.
Overall it's a great hike to do anytime throughout the year.