Explore the most popular trails in Point Dume State Beach with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

hiking
rocky
26 days ago

There is approximately 50 feet of uneven, rocky trail before reaching the boardwalk, coming from the direction of Westward Beach, where the trail is narrow and on an incline and there's nothing to hold onto for stability. The rocks on the trail aren't large (we're not talking about needing to "scramble" here) -- but there are issues with getting one's footing for those less confident when there's a cliff on one side and nothing to hang onto for stability on the other. The rest of the trail is quite manageable, but I saw nothing about this before we went so I'm hoping this information will be helpful to others.

hiking
26 days ago

Fairly easy trail. Parts had a boardwalk but a lot of it was sandy. We also saw lots of sea lions on the rocks below. Overall very enjoyable.

hiking
no shade
26 days ago

nice easy trail. I will come back.

hiking
private property
rocky
1 month ago

This trail is hard to find. The paths are blocked by gates. The residents don’t welcome hikers. We had to walk through the beach which got dangerous during high tide. The paradise cove parking is expensive too.

This was a really awesome trail. a few things to consider. if you go down to Paradise cove (the restaurant ) the parking is $$$. I would recommend parking elsewhere. Also, there is no trail. The trail is just following the beach area. lastly, look at tides. try to it at low tide. otherwise, this is a cool hike. it's not overly hard but there is some climbing over rocks etc which can be difficult for some. there are a lot of cool views and it's a great walk along the beach.

Great views, nice breeze and a perfect trail!

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

This is the ideal beach walk! Start at paradise cove beach club and follow the beach to Dume cove. There are stairs at Dume where you can go on top and get some great coastal views. The beach walk is very nice, not very crowded at all. It’s beautiful. About 3.75 miles for me.

hiking
3 months ago

We saw seals and sea lions!

hiking
3 months ago

It was a very good place to hike for me and my family. We haven’t hiked in so long so I chose this easy trail for us and the view/sceneries were so magnificent. We went on a Saturday and we were one of the few peeps who arrived early (around 8am) so parking wasn’t hard for us. And we got distracted by the rock climbers when we got to the point where they do the climbing at 100ft. Overall, it was a beautiful experience, pretty blooms and if you love plants/botanicals, this place is a heaven.

hiking
4 months ago

Definitely one of the best hiking trails near me. So good at sunset

hiking
4 months ago

An easy trail if just checking out the view. The only part you really need to be slightly cautious on is the descent to the beach. The staircase is missing a few steps, rusted through on some of the metal steps, and rotting through on some of the wood ones. Still more than worth it for a beautiful beach that isn’t crowded.

hiking
off trail
4 months ago

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bridge out
no shade
5 months ago

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Beautiful sunny trail, we where lucky enough to see dolphins off the shore. Definitely coming back to explore with more time.

Amazing run on the beach followed by a bit of rock climbing for a beautiful view across the ocean. If you climb around the rocks, you might be able to observe a couple families of seals.

bird watching
no shade
6 months ago

This trail is short and sweet for anyone who likes the beach and loves wildlife! If you’re going, please respect the trail and the animals (sea lions, pelicans, gulls, etc.)

Train under water? There’s no trail unless you want to go for a swim. I’m guessing it’s high tide so couldn’t get past some large boulders/cliff

rock climbing
no shade
rocky
7 months ago

Wouldn’t call it a hike, more like a walk up to a nice view of the coast. Great for rock climbing at all levels though, from the 60ft vertical straight up with virtually nothing but small finger holes to the 30ft with terrain you could scramble on without a harness. There is also anchors at the top.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice little quick hike. Seen sea lions and lizards

Beautiful cliff views

walking
Monday, July 09, 2018

Easy stroll. Good to see and hear sea lions.

hiking
Monday, July 02, 2018

Beautiful walk along the beach. Go early to avoid the tide so you can get to the restaurant.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The start is not a regular trail...You just start walking along the beach by a restaurant. The workers kept wondering why people were looking for a trailhead and it’s because of this app. If tide is low, you can walk along the beach. If not, you have to do just the regular Point Dume hike. Gorgeous hike either way! 4 stars it was confusing at first since there is no formal trailhead.

hiking
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Not quite a hike, but not quite a walk, either, with the sand. But kid friendly and do-able by almost everyone if you take your time. Great views of Santa Monica Bay, Zuma Beach, and the Santa Monica Mountains. Right up there with Torrey Pines as one of my favorite beach walks.

walking
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Not a hike, but it is an enjoyable walk. Easy to do if you want to do a quick, simple trail and don't have time or something in the Santa Monica Mountains

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