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Best trails in Point Dume State Beach

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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.
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Point Dume State Beach
Park information
Park hours
Monday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
805-488-1827
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Top trails (2)
#1 - Point Dume Cove Trail
Point Dume State Beach
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 48 m
Note: This trail is closed to vehicular access however passive walk ins are allowed. Please check the park page for more information.Show more
#2 - Paradise Cove to Point Dume
Point Dume State Beach
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
Note: This trail is closed to vehicular access however passive walk ins are allowed. Please check the park page for more information. This is a beautiful beach walk from Paradise Cove to Point Dume Nature Preserve at the northwest end of Santa Monica Bay. This is a great place for a sandy beach run, workout or long walk along southern California's scenic coastline. The Point Dume State Beaches and rocky coves are best accessed during LOW TIDE so check the tide charts before going. Keep an eye out for wildlife as this is a great area to spot grey whales during the December to mid April migration period. Visitors can also check out the tide pools on the east side of Point Dune. Please stay on all trails in the Point Dume Nature Preserve to help preserve the unique sand accumulation. There is a parking fee at the Paradise Cove Beach Cafe off the Pacific Coast Highway. Visitors might also be interested in nearby Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Check out Alltrails.com for other California beach walks.Show more