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    Point Dume Cove Trail

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    2.3 km
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    106 m
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    The Point Dume Cove Trail is a quick and easy hiking route in Malibu that features sandy beaches and beautiful ocean views. Along the trail you will enjoy stunning views from atop coastal bluffs that extend out across the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. While the pathways here are well-maintained and fairly easy to navigate, there are some rugged areas that will likely be difficult for younger children to traverse.

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    Route Description for Point Dume Cove Trail

    There is only one real concern with the Point Dume Cove Trail, and that is that it’s simply not long enough! There is a bit of rugged coastal terrain to navigate as well, so make sure that you wear comfortable walking footwear.

    Featuring wonderfully scenic views of the ocean, this trail is the perfect accompaniment to a fun afternoon by the beach. Take your time meandering along the paths and gazing out across the vast ocean, before hunkering down on the sandy beach for a few hours of fun in the sun; it doesn’t get much better than this!

    Setting out from the Westward Beach parking lot, you will follow the trail as it leads to the southeast and begins climbing slightly uphill. There are a few interconnected paths within the Point Dume Natural Preserve, so you won’t really need to worry about getting lost.

    Keeping right along the trail, you will follow along the edge of the rocky bluffs while enjoying the beautiful views across the water. Eventually, the trail will bend to the north and lead you slightly further uphill to arrive at the top of Point Dume.

    After taking some time to appreciate the incredible coastal scenery, you will follow the trail that leads northeast toward Big Dune Beach. This is a great place to lay out your towel and spend some time by the water’s edge if you feel so inclined. If you would rather make your way back to the trailhead, simply follow the trail leading over the undulating terrain to the west and you will arrive there in no time, wrapping up your adventure along the Point Dume Cove Trail.

    Trail Highlights

    Point Dume Cove

    Situated along the coast of Malibu, Point Dume is a promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean that was named in 1793 by George Vancouver. The area is a popular filming location due to its proximity to many film production studios, and is also a popular destination for rock climbing. A portion of the promontory has also been designated as the Point Dume Nature Preserve.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is it free to park at Point Dume Cove?

    While there is an easily accessible parking lot at the Point Dume Cove trailhead, you will need to pay a fee to utilize it.

    Can you swim at Point Dume?

    In addition to a good network of hiking trails, there are also a number of small beaches around Point Dume where visitors can swim.

    Insider Hints for Point Dume Cove Trail

    • Be sure to arrive early for parking, but remember that there is a fee to use the lot at the trailhead.
    • Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
    • Pack a swimsuit if you plan on spending some time at the beach after your hike.

    Getting to the Point Dume Cove Trail Trailhead

    The starting point for the Point Dume Cove Trail can be found at the parking lot at the end of Westward Beach Road in Malibu.

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