Point Dume Cove Trail

EASY 98 reviews

Point Dume Cove Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

1.2 miles
206 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

rock climbing





wild flowers


no dogs

6 days ago

I'd really call this a walk more than a hike. I've been here many times and usually see dolphins. It's also a great walk to take out of town guests to show off the beauty of the SoCal coast.

2 months ago

This place is majestic! I originally went here about 5 years ago but never thought to review it. Just from the back of the beach and close to the cliff you'll different paths that brings you to the top of the cliff. The actual Point in Point Dume. The hike is relatively easy and I'm sure most people go for the view more than the workout. The trails are narrow in some points and no trees to protect you from the sun. The view from the top is awesome but you must watch your step because there is nothing but nature and a steep fall between you and the beach.

Depending on time of year and time of day you may see sea lions, surfers (by the cove) and whales below. There is a tiny parking area with about 8 spaces and 2 hour parking that leads to the cliffs and a somewhat rusted staircase that leads down to the cove. I hope that it never gets crowded but I feel this is the type of place everyone must witness to appreciate the art of The Creator and the care of Mother Nature. It's a relatively hidden gem to the locals and those of us that want to go off the beaten path.

This is a beautiful place to be if you want to reflect, meditate or just take pictures. Although I took pictures it's always good to get away from the congestion and think about what else is out there for us dreamers. If you can't appreciate the cliff then what's the Point?

3 months ago

A must do if you are in the area

5 months ago

Stunning views on this easy hike

5 months ago

On my way of my favorite hikes in Malibu! I love this view

6 months ago

pack for the beach. it's very beautiful. we will definitely be going back again.

7 months ago

Beautiful trail! Lots of places to sit and watch the ocean. Amazing views of rock formations. Very easy walk up. Highly recommend!

8 months ago

Beautiful trail! There are still some wildflowers as of May 4, but not much.
Please, for the love of God, if you hike on a beach trail, don't bring your headphones. Two reasons: 1) You have the natural soundtrack of the waves. Isn't that why people hike here anyway? 2) As someone mentioned in an earlier review, and I can confirm, there are snakes on this trail. Including rattlers. We saw 2 snakes, one was a juvenile rattlesnake. So please be careful.
Whales and dolphins like this area too, so as you're walking, keep an eye on the water. Saw a baby and mama humpback when we arrived at 930am.

9 months ago

Gorgeous views, easy but satisfying hike.

10 months ago


10 months ago

This is a relatively easy hike that will surround you with the Pacific and wild flowers (thanks to the rain) and views of bluffs and beaches.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Not much of a hike, but beautiful views from the top.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Oceanside views along a roped trail around the cliffside. Steep ascent from state beach parking. Parking costs $3 there. Rugged, sandy trail, easy to navigate though. Huge waves and groups of sea lions along the rocks below.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Easy hike with an incredible view! Definitely recommended for beginners, especially first timers

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Easy with beautiful views - great for beginners or out of towners looking to spend some time on the beach but away from the crowds.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Gorgeous views. Stay for the sunset. Plenty of sea lions to view from the cliff.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Easy trail, good views

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nice easy loop with great ocean views

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Point Dume is a rocky promontory located at the western end of Santa Monica Bay between Dume Cove and Westward Beach in Malibu, California, about 1.75 miles from Paradise Cove. Access it from Point Dume Natural Preserve or from Westward Beach which is located to the north and features cliffs, cool hiking trails and ocean views. Park along free 2 hour parking on Cliffside Drive or pay $12 at Westward Beach fee parking – note the spaces along Cliffside are limited. Trailhead address: 27807 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA. We visited on an overcast foggy day, but fog layer was above the high point. Looked west over Zuma Beach toward Point Mugu, and inland over the Santa Monica Mountains. To the northwest, the highest peaks in the range are the Boney Mountains. Best way to do this is hike to the top first, take in the 360 view, then take the boardwalk trail on the right to the point (you'll be able to see it on your right coming down from the top). Decide from there whether to go down to the rocky point below, as it is a hike back up through the sand. Next go down the Tidepools trail to the beach via the rust eaten and wood plank stairs at the bottom – a couple are a little shaky so watch your step. Easy short way to explore some nice Cali coastline, check it out.

Monday, June 06, 2016

stunning views! great hike and not too crowded! Sunset at the top is incredible

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