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    Thousand Steps Beach Walk

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    29 m
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    The Thousand Steps Beach Walk is a charming outdoor adventure in Laguna Beach, California for anyone who loves strolling along the sandy beach. While out on this hike, you will be able to take in the natural beauty of SoCal and its Pacific coast, as you wander aimlessly to your heart’s content. Walkers should take note that this area is only accessible during low tide, so be sure to check tide times before setting out on your walk.

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    Route Description for Thousand Steps Beach Walk

    The Thousand Steps Beach Walk is a pleasant seaside adventure, but it can be a bit dangerous if you fail to pay attention to the tide. Make sure that you look into tide times before exploring the caves and heed the advice of any lifeguards in the area. Additionally, you will want to arrive early to secure parking.

    For those who love spending time by the water, this is an excellent little adventure that will definitely not disappoint. Beautiful ocean views, a fascinating cave, and a relatively uncrowded beach all make for a fun seaside excursion that you won’t soon forget.

    Setting out from the trailhead at the edge of the Pacific Coast Highway, you will need to first descend the long staircase in order to access the beach. Here, you will be met with beautiful views looking out onto the ocean, as well as toilet facilities that are available for public use.

    As this is a beach walk, there isn’t really any trail to speak of, so take your time strolling along the water’s edge to the southeast. Eventually, you will reach the edge of the Thousand Steps Sea Cave and, if the tide is low enough, you can head inside to explore. Hikers should take note that the beach on the opposite end of the cave is private, so make sure not to trespass.

    After you’ve finished with your spelunking, simply turn back and traverse the beach once again to arrive back at the bottom of the stairs. If you aren’t yet ready to make the long climb back up the stairs, spread your towel out on the beach and enjoy a few hours of fun in the sun before heading home.

    Trail Highlights

    Thousand Steps Sea Cave

    Located just to the southeast of Thousand Steps Beach is a fascinating sea cave that can be explored by the public. Would-be adventurers should check tide times before attempting to access the cave, as the waves here can easily sweep a person off the rocks. Even still, this is a great place to explore if you are able to time your hike properly.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Are there public washroom facilities at Thousand Steps Beach?

    Yes, washroom facilities at Thousand Steps Beach can be found at the bottom of the stairs.

    Can you surf at Thousand Steps Beach?

    Thousand Steps Beach is a great place for surfing, particularly during the Autumn months.

    Insider Hints for Thousand Steps Beach Walk

    • Be sure to check tide times before beginning this hike, as certain areas can be dangerous when water levels are high.
    • There is no parking at the trailhead, meaning you will need to find parking nearby.
    • There is a set of over 233 steps leading down to the beach, so be prepared to have to climb them on the return to your vehicle.
    • Bring sturdy shoes if you plan on exploring the cave.

    Getting to the Thousand Steps Beach Walk Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Thousand Steps Beach Walk can be found at the intersection of 9th Ave and CA-1 in Laguna Beach.

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