Summary: This is one of the nicest hikes in Southern California. It starts out along Westward beach, where you can watch rock climbers traversing the volcanic outcroppings. A paved trail takes you to the top of the point, where you have a stunning view of the channel Islands, and a perfect spot for sighting whales. The trail then drops down into lovely Dume Cove and travels next to the water for a mile or so until you reach Paradise Cove pier. Check the tide tables before you go, as hiking is easiest at low tide. Think ahead and make reservations at the restaurant at Paradise Cove for a mid-hike lunch or dinner. Highly recommended.
Trailhead: From the Pacific Coast Highway, about 25 miles upcoast from Santa Monica and just down coast from Zuma Beach County Park, turn oceanward on Westward Beach Road and follow it to its end at a (fee) parking lot. (Lat:34.00328 Lon:-118.80902)
Trail Guides for Point Dume:
Afoot & Afield In Los Angeles
by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)
Hike Los Angeles Volume 1
by Dennis Gagnon (Western Tanager Press)
by Tom Stienstra & Ann Marie Brown (Foghorn Press)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers
Ranger Contact: California State Parks, 805-488-1827 or 818-880-0363
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted 104 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Raven on 8/16/2010
We parked on the dirt road across from the ocean and walked a mile to get to the "hike" where we observed a small cliff climbing area. We entered the small sandy trail and walked up over looking a few cliffs, then down to the tide pools, and along the beach. This is not really a hike but is a pretty walk that can turn into over 2 hours there and back. I would recommend it for a nice stroll with family or friends.
Reviewed by The King on 6/27/2010
Not a hike but a walk on the beach once you climb down the long stair case. Walks on the beach are fun TOO! Lots of sand crabs, crabs... There is no longer a paid parking area. Just about 8 spots for 2 hour parking. We headed down to the beach and walked more than half way to Paradise Cove then two of us went back so we wouldn't get tickets (it is patrolled) and drove to Paradise Cove then played on the beach there. Ages attending 7-71 years old!
Reviewed by CBM on 4/2/2010
Moderate hike?? No way, definitely easy when you start on the incline to the top. Its only a matter of minutes until you reach the top. The cliffside is roped off but crossing it is the only was to get to the best part, dont worry, its easy too. Once there you get incredible views of the coast line, and might spot whales, sea lions, and dolphins! From up top you also notice the secluded beach below to your left, which you can easily reach by climbing over the volcanic rocks on the right side of the cliff when you get back down. If you dont want to pay for parking then parallel park along Westward Beach Rd and walk down towards the next parking lot. Through there youll find Point Dume.
Reviewed by milt on 1/20/2010
Is always a good time
Reviewed by AM Hiker on 9/8/2009
Loved this view, Point Dume is beautiful. However, not much of a hike. A great walk to take with the kids and check for low tide so that you can visit the tide pools. However, if you are an enthusiastic hiker we would suggest doing a real hike in the Santa Monica Mountains first. We hiked Back Bone Trail first (off pff Kanan) in the am (5 mile round trip)then went to the tidepools. Loved watching the guys and girls scale Point Dume (May be a new hobbie).
Reviewed by Shane L on 7/18/2009
At first i didn't think this was considered a hike. But when all was said and done, it places right up there with the best. Albeit different. After going on to Google earth, I found out we eat lunch below Barbara Striesands home. Very nice walk along the different coves of the beach. Pleasant!
Reviewed by C.K. on 7/5/2009
Definitely not a moderate hike, more like easy/beginner hike. However, the view is stunning and very enjoyable walk along the beach. Make sure to make a reservation at the restaurant ahead of time (expect a 30 min to 45 min wait otherwise). No doubt will come again (esp. during summers).
Reviewed by Maria B on 8/12/2008
did this hike 7/10/08 very short hike. did this hike with my bf. started on westward beach and we stopped at the tide pools. spend a lot of time in the pools. we didnt see much sea life in the pools though. quiet a few ppl on the trail. the view was great! it was a clear sunny day. the hike was a little hard at it is all sand. but would do it again!
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