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Point Dume State Beach
Updated Jan. 22, 2020: Point Dume Accessible Trail Constructions Project: State Parks is upgrading portions of the trails accessed from Cliffside Drive and Westward Beach to meet ADA requirements. Construction will begin in mid-January and is expected to be completed by late spring of 2020. Portions of the trails under construction will be closed to the public while the work is taking place. The Coreopsis Loop Trail at Westward Beach and Coreopsis Connector is expected to be closed beginning January 15 through March 1, 2020. The Coreopsis Trail is expected to be closed from February 19 through March 31, 2020, and the Poppy Trail from March 18 through April 22, 2020. We appreciate the public’s patience as we make these improvements to the park. Please respect trail closures and use only designated cable-lined trails for enjoyment of the Point Dume Natural Preserve.
Point Dume Stairs: Access from the Point Dume Nature Preserve stairs that lead to Point Dume Beach are closed indefinitely due to public safety concerns. Nevertheless, access to Westward Beach on the county side is accessible by trail. The stairs will no longer provide access to the Point Dume Beach area. New stairs will be added with construction to begin in March 2020 and to be completed by the end of the year. Once new stairs are installed, the existing stairs will be removed. Thank you for your patience as we improve Point Dume State Beach.
Point Dume State Beach features headlands, cliffs, rocky coves and vast beach access. The beach is presently operated by Los Angeles County, which also operates Zuma County Beach. These facilities are noted for swimming, surfing, scuba diving and fishing. Point Dume is a perfect place to watch for California gray whales during the December to mid April migration period.
Point Dume Nature Preserve
At the end of Westward Beach Road, access to Point Dume Nature Preserve begins from the cul-de-sac. A gradual ascending trail leads to an ancient coastal bluff sand dune. Visitors are asked to stay on the trail in an effort to help reserve this unique sand accumulation. An incredible view encompassing the entire Santa Monica Bay, north Malibu Coast, inland Santa Monica Mountains and distant Catalina Island may be enjoyed from the top on a clear day. A boardwalk, just below the summit, leads to a viewing platform - it tends to be more sheltered on a windy day. A stairway from the east side of the bluff-top preserve allows access to a more isolated beach and fine tidepooling opportunities.
Some disabled parking is available along Cliffside Drive, adjacent the bluff-top park area. For viewing platform access, negotiating a slight grade will be necessary.Location/Directions
From Santa Monica follow Pacific Coast Highway 18-miles west to Westward Beach Road. Turn toward the ocean, go beyond the fee collection station to the very end of the road.
From the 101-Freeway, exit at Kanan Road, follow it south 12-miles to Pacific Coast Highway, then turn right. Westward Beach Road is over the rise, at the foot of the hill.