Paradise Cove to Point Dume [CLOSED]

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Point Dume State Beach

Paradise Cove to Point Dume is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for walking, running, and bird watching.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 426 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

walking

bird watching

running

beach

views

wildlife

closed

no dogs

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. 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.

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3 months ago

avoid parking at the rest as it’s a $50 minimum. the stairs up point dune are out and dangerous

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no shade
8 months ago

rocky
scramble
9 months ago

Beautiful place. Came here on Labor Day 2019.09.02 around 10:00am. Thought we would have enough time before the tide started to rise but we made it halfway to point Dume before things got dangerous. The water was crashing in pretty hard with a strong current and we couldn’t get past a cliff with large rocks. We decided to turn back and most of the trail (beach) we had just crossed was now covered with the incoming tide. I want to be clear that there is no trail! You walk to Paradise Cove and then you just keep walking North up the beach. The gated walkways someone else was talking about are people’s backyards. So don’t climb their private stairs looking for a trail. I didn’t wear any shoes and I had a challenging time hiking across the rocky terrain. My right foot stepped hard on a jagged rock and there’s a little bit of tenderness. You want to be sure you only attempt this trail as others have stated during low tide. It gets really choppy out there!

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private property
rocky
11 months 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.

hiking
11 months ago

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.

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no shade
Mon May 27 2019

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.

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Sun Mar 17 2019

Sun Feb 03 2019

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.

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Tue Jan 22 2019

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

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Mon Jul 02 2018

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

Wed Jun 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.

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