Point Dume State Beach and Natural Preserve

Point Dume State Beach and Natural Preserve

Point Dume State Beach and Natural Preserve
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Point Dume is a majestic headland that juts out onto the Pacific Ocean, with a boardwalk and viewing point that offers splendid views of Santa Monica Bay. It’s a short hike from the parking lot to the white sand. Unwind and watch thrillseekers rock climb and repel off the cliffs that tower over the beach. Hit the trails and make your way up yourself. The cliffs offer spectacular 360-degree views and are a great place to catch a glimpse of grey whales on their migration between December and April. You’ll also have a chance to spot birds, dolphins, and seals on this easy hike. – Tripadvisor
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Neighborhood: Malibu
The Malibu coastline is like a chameleon. In some areas it resembles the French Riviera with its lush, green hillsides descending into crescent-shaped shorelines. In others, it feels 100% Southern Californian with beaches wide and flat as a football field, and often crowded with beach-goers lounging on towels and playing volleyball. Other coastlines still feel secluded, tucked under tall cliffs and dotted with stunning rock formations. In certain areas, where the ocean waves are just right, surfers can be seen bobbing in the water. Up in the mountains to the east hikers take in truly stunning views of the ocean and the sprawling Los Angeles landscape. And along Pacific Coast Highway, restaurants are filled with visitors and locals from all walks of life. Stumble into the right place at the right time, and you’ll likely encounter a celebrity.
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  • Hoory M
    Los Angeles, California10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy pretty cool hike great views of the ocean with a breeze.
    Easy pretty cool hike great views of the ocean with a breeze You can make a stop at Point Dume Nature Preserve . It is awesome. Hiked the trails and saw sea lions on the rocks and dolphins in the water. There are some hawks (falcons?) flying over the preserve. The view of the coast north and south from the preserve is gorgeous. There is a viewing platform along the boardwalk below the summit where you can sit and enjoy the million-dollar view. The summit trail branches off to another trail which leads you down a steep set of stairs to Dume Cove. This area is well known for its whale watching in spring, It is neat to walk out onto Point Dume and get a view up and down the coast. You can definitely recognize the spot from the end of "Planet of the Apes" when looking north from Point Dume. Take the stairs (which are narrow, steep and rusty - proceed with caution if you're clumsy like me) down to the tidepools and you can see lots of starfish and sea urchins at low tide. You can also keep walking.Recommend going down to both beaches - especially the one on the right side of the hill to view the Planet of the Apes scene! Lovely for sunset. At the end of Point Dume, there is a smaller secluded beach (Pirates Cove.) This is where the final scenes from the original Planet of the Apes movie were filmed.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • PiscoMatt
    Damascus, Maryland220 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short hike to amazing views
    Easy to get to. Pay to park (I think $6?). Explore the beach. Take the short hike up to see some awesome views. The day we went it was very windy at the top. If you are looking for a bite to eat nearby, check out Country Kitchen in Malibu. Very good! Note that this rocky cliff was the film location of the final scene of the original Planet of the Apes.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 17, 2023
  • quasikat
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can't miss Malibu attraction
    This, is an amazing place. Allow about two hours to fully appreciate it. You park at the bottom take a short gradual hike up the side of a cliff. Once on too, there's an array of meadows and coastline views. Follow all the paths up and down and around. No bad time to go but in the spring, you've got a narrow window of migrating gray whales and blossoming flowers.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written February 24, 2024
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Curious265314
New York City, NY834 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
An incredible hike with gorgeous views. The only and major issue is the parking. We drove all the way down to the beach and found parking there after a little drive. We made the half mile trek to the trailhead. Then again, when we went the street to the parking lot was being renovated.

The hike is rather moderate, very doable for most people.
Written December 20, 2021
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NCtravelz
Raleigh, NC1,163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
There's a few parking spots near the entrance but they were full on a Sat morning so we parked off the street in a neighborhood. A little further to walk but the trails are pretty short and well maintained. Lovely views from the top. It looked like there was more parking off the beach at the bottom.
Written June 18, 2022
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quasikat
Los Angeles, CA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
This, is an amazing place. Allow about two hours to fully appreciate it. You park at the bottom take a short gradual hike up the side of a cliff. Once on too, there's an array of meadows and coastline views. Follow all the paths up and down and around. No bad time to go but in the spring, you've got a narrow window of migrating gray whales and blossoming flowers.
Written February 25, 2024
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA2,403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
We were pleasantly surprised with Point Dume State Park and surroundings. We parked the car and walked the boardwalk trail and the handicapped accessible trail around the bluff. We saw a family of seals sunning on the rocks below the cliff. Very cool. The public beach is below the cliff and there is more parking there, as well as lifeguard stands and restrooms. We did not go there. We found parking at the top at the beginning of the road. I recommend a visit if you want to see the Pacific Ocean and take an easy hike. It is also free. I enjoyed the mosaic trash bins! Check them out! The public staircase is being renovated and is closed at this time. That was a major disappointment, but the other areas are equally as beautiful.
Written October 4, 2022
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Ramen67
Santa Monica, CA65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
If you are driving the Malibu Coast, a stop at Dume is a must. We have been living in Santa Monica for three years now and it is by far our favorite place to go. there are steps to go down to the beach, rock faces to climb, benches to sit, and seals, dolphins and whales. We always take visitors here. A real gem.
Written May 19, 2020
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PiscoMatt
Damascus, MD220 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Easy to get to. Pay to park (I think $6?). Explore the beach. Take the short hike up to see some awesome views. The day we went it was very windy at the top. If you are looking for a bite to eat nearby, check out Country Kitchen in Malibu. Very good!

Note that this rocky cliff was the film location of the final scene of the original Planet of the Apes.
Written April 17, 2023
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Diane B
North Canton, OH2,072 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a very large beach with lots of parking. (Parking is $6 per car).
As we were walking the beach we saw a whale or manatee jumping in the surf.
There is a hiking path up to the top of the cliff. The view from up there is wonderful.
If you are a rock climber or repeller this is a great place to practice.
Written March 9, 2020
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TheFunFoodie
United States2,862 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
This is one of my favorite places on the planet. The hike is pretty light and the views are like no other! I do an Uber drop off, its easiest. Currently there is a super bloom and it is INCREDIBLE! The hike is breath taking and very well kept. I promise you will love it!
Written April 12, 2019
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jimbobwe
Atlanta GA70 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The water is ice cold! For those who don't know this, it is a fact. This applies to the entire coast of California. If you're used to Caribbean or Florida water, you're in for a shock.

One drive on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) from Santa Monica to Malibu will highlight many beaches that are very crowded and highly visible from the PCH. A people watching mecca.

I prefer a more secluded beach to relax upon. If you're with me, then read on.

My favorite is Point Dume State Beach and the eastern face of that peninsula. You can reach it by taking the PCH to Heathercliff Rd (turn left at the light) and then make a left on Dume Dr (about 3 blocks off of PCH).

This location is near Malibu and east of Hwy 23 and west of Hwy 27. Kanan-Dume Rd from Hwy 101 drops you right onto PCH and very close (1/4 mile) from the Heathercliff Rd exit to the north/west.

Stay on Dume Dr until it dead ends into Cliffisde Dr and turn right. About 150 feet you'll find an area to park and a trailhead down to the beach. Here's the catch, you only have about 6 car spaces. Don't try the shoulder of the road or expect a $50 parking fine.

This beach has beautiful cliffs, very few visitors, clean water, and a sufficient surf to bring out some surfers. Quiet, beautiful, secluded, safe for a close in swim, and it's a sure winner.

The walk to the beach is about 10 minutes but it's a clear path with stairs to the beach. You'll walk over a rock/boulder field at the beach but suitable for anyone with good health including children.

There are no lifeguards or bathroom facilities so a stop at the Pavillions Grocery Store (Heathercliff @ Dume Rd) is a good idea. They have awesome made to order sandwiches for $5.50 and top ingredients are used. A must stop before the beach.

If there are no parking spaces available, then you have to make a choice:

1. Accept the $50 parking ticket and pull into the dirt shoulder on the road. OR

2. Continue down Cliffside Dr which becomes Birdview Ave to Westward Beach Rd (Left) to the fee station $7 fee and well worth it f you don't want to walk about 1 mile.

3. Continue to circle through the lot until a space opens (local surfers do this). Must be patient.

POINT DUME STATE BEACH (West facing of the peninsula)

This assumes you have gone to the Westward Beach Rd access and after the fee station have driven all the way to the very end of the parking lot.

You'll note a very high cliff face with huge size boulders at its base ending in the water. A very dramatic backdrop to your beach stay. Pull out those Pavillion made sandwiches and enjoy a great day.

Interested in more seclusion? Climb over the boulders and you'll be into one of the most beautiful beach coves on the coast. This can be a bit dangerous so size up your abilities before attempting it.

A second approach is to follow the path at the back of the sand beach up to the top of the cliff and then scale down the cliff into this beach cove. Not for the faint of heart so size it up before attempting.

To see dolphins, continue on the path at the top of the cliff to the point nearest the ocean and be seated on the small concrete slab and feel the cool breeze and then watch for the dolphins. A very special place.

Remember that temperatures at the beach even in August average around 76 degrees fahrenheit with a pretty strong breeze. Bring a light jacket as you can begin to feel chilled.
Written August 17, 2008
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Lee T
Thousand Oaks, California, United States169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
Exit Pacific Coast Highway just south of Zuma Beach and visit Point Dume! Pay for parking at self service kiosk's located throughout the parking area. Bathrooms are available. Go to the very end of the parking lot to access the hiking trail that will take you up above the cliffs, where you can look down on a pod of sea lions, and continue over to the steps that go down the cliff. Time your visit for low tide, and go out and explore. My daughter found Octopus and many anenome. Back at the beach next to the parking lot, we saw a whale swim by. You might even see dolphin playing!
Written January 3, 2018
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