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

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Dana Point, California Map
14 days ago

This is a very nice walk along the water. We started just south of the roadway crossover bridge and walked north thru the rv park and over to the harbor. Round trip about 4 miles. There are restrooms along the way and it’s a very flat easy walk .

...have done this several times...❤ it. Fun walk down to Strands Beach...beautiful at sunset

no shade
off trail
private property
1 month ago

Add strands beach walk first and its longer and morevocean

Nice relaxing

Easy relaxing

...I love this one...you can exit and continue on down to Stands beach...it's beautiful

Great fun with our 5yr old! Beautiful views!

on Dana Point Beach Trail

8 months ago

Rocky. Check the tides. Glad I brought my trekking poles, made it a breeze, even w my toddler pack. Sunny, be mindful. Cool experience, no real inclination to head back though. Might be a fun/quick outing again in a couple three years.

I love the part of the hike that's in the refuge on the hill. Otherwise, I wasn't really feeling it. I'm more of a deep-in-the-forest hiker haha. But it really is beautiful and you'll definitely spot some wildlife out and about.

10 months ago

Great Sunday morning hike/walk/jog. Gentle rolling hills, stroller friendly and beautiful views.

this is an awesome trail what views! I took it from the nature center at the top of the bluff and then down the ramp and stairs to the beach walked to the rocks at the end of the beach and back.looked for whales when I got back up didn't spot any

11 months ago

Beautiful view!

11 months ago

Amazing views of DP Harbor and Cottons Pt.

Sunday, January 14, 2018


Sunday, January 14, 2018


Saturday, January 13, 2018

This is a well trafficked and paved trail. I wouldn’t say we hiked since it is paved I would say we walked. The trail is well maintained, running along the Monarch Beach Resort and Golf course, along the backside of some homes. I’d say mostly used by locals and hotel
guests. If you’re looking fora nature trail this isn’t that type of trail.

Saturday, December 30, 2017


Sunday, August 20, 2017

This was a decent trail. I suppose the moderate rating stems from the rugged terrain. If you're not bothered by knee/ankle issues tho it's a fairly easy walk. Not much incline at all. Making sure you're stepping an rocks that's won't move when you step on them was the biggest challenge. Loved the cave at the end!!! That was AWESOME!!!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Beautiful scenery, well maintained trail.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Great for road bikers. Rubbish for hikers.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Easy level with beautiful view and nice breeze!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Great hike with the kid!!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

its a great trail for a good run.

trail running
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Great run from dog park to beach. 10 mi round trip, lots of hills.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Relaxing hike, more like a nature walk.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Beautiful and easy

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

It is more rocky beach walk than trail, dicey footing- slow going to avoid twisted ankles. It was pretty, but there are better beach trails nearby.

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