Explore the most popular beach 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.

on Dana Point Beach Trail

27 days 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.

2 months ago

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

6 months ago


6 months ago

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.

6 months ago


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!!!

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.

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.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Easy hike. Right along the beach and the cave was very cool at the end. Lots of rocks. Wear good shoes. Best to go during low tide.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pretty rocky, but beautiful hike. Definitely make sure you go at low tide. Beautiful cave at the end. Did this hike with my 4 year old and almost 2 year old. My husband had to carry the little one the entire way. Definitely good to have a carrier. The 4 year old could manage.

Friday, February 17, 2017

safe trail, awesome view!

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Good hike! Had sooo much fun.

Friday, February 03, 2017

I went on my birthday after the rain and there's a small waterfall right close to the beach!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Nice little trail that ends at a sea cave! Make sure you check tidal charts, as trail is under water at high tide. Lot of rock scrambling!

Very pleasant hike along sandy trails through coastal brush. We did this hike as part of the longer Dana Point Headlands Trail. Beautiful views when we did the hike in the morning. We do it again another day closer to sunset. Should be outstanding.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

So beautiful, and who doesn't love having such easy access to the beach!? :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Love this trail. Nice to do with the family.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A gentle walk over sand and rocks. Fantastic tide pools. Ideal and 5 stars if you have children...a fun family learning experience.. Some very fun caves.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Great for family, not such a hard walk but, it's not so fun when the tide is high.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

OK - Laguna Beach has many beaches for sure. Thus far in my experience, this is the nicest and most scenic if you want to spend the good part of the day just hanging at the beach. Nice grass area, nice beach and very long, walking he beach is great, and yeah, there are a lot of surfers there, and the waves are great. If your bringing a lot of stuff with you, note, it is a ways to the beach (vertical more than length). I'm told at times there are $1 shuttles to the beach and back from the huge parking lot above. Which is another great thing you don't have to worry about - there is a huge parking lot right off Hwy 1. It costs $1 per hour though. Any kind of cash or credit cards work! Really, this is a no headache fabulous beach with easy parking.
Note - if you want to hike to Dana Point (and that's a great area too) - you really can not pass the headlands area in between the two areas without going up the hill, then back down again. At the end of Salt Creek Beach , you will note the switch backs to your left that take you up and over to Dana Point.
Note - this .gpx track takes you up for a drink at the Ritz Carlton Hotel (swank city) to an outside patio overlooking the ocean, then through the hotel to your parking lot.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fun beach and the harbor is better. Lots to see and explorer. Makes for a great family day.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Absolutely love this hike - but it can be hell on your joints. Either you're walking on soft sand or over wobbly rocks, but you really cannot beat the views. So beautiful! Just remember to look up once in awhile.

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