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Point Dume State Beach California

Submitted By: shell1fish on 10 Jun 2007

GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 34.00145
Longitude: -118.808517

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From the 101-Freeway, exit at Kanan Road, follow it south 12-miles to Pacific Coast Highway, then turn right. Turn left at Westward Beach Road, over the rise, at the foot of the hill and follow it to the end.

There is a paid parking lot at the end of the road or free street parking along Westward Beach Road, although it gets crowded very early.

Hiking & Backpacking - (0)

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The 4-mile round trip hike 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 January to April. 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.

Rock / Ice Climbing - (0)

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There's a slab side facing the beach and a steeper side facing the waves (5.9, 5.10-ish routes). Top-ropes can easily be set from fixed anchors and boulders on top, and most of the routes can be lead. This small cliff can get crowded on a summer day. Good for group outings since it is on the beach.

Swimming Holes - (0)

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Lifeguards are on the beach during daylight hours. Picnic tables, Restrooms, and Showers available. Swimming, surfing, and fishing are all allowed.

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