Westward Beach to Point Dume to Paradise Cove HIKE (Malibu)

July 13, 2024 @ 8:00 am
Westward Beach to Point Dume to Paradise Cove HIKE (Malibu)

DESCRIPTION OF HIKE: Easy 5 miles RT with 425’ of elevation gain/loss.

The trail leads up from Westward Beach and over Point Dume to Dume Beach and then along the beach for a couple of miles to Paradise Cove (a site used in movies and TV series, including The Rockford Files), the Paradise Cove Beach Café (with its free-to-the-public beach chairs), and the nearby pier. The return hike follows the beach back to Point Dume where there are observation points for whale, seal, and dolphin watching.

PREPAREDNESS: Bring 2-3 liters/quarts of water (or other suitable liquid) and lunch/snack. Wear appropriate footwear (preferably hiking boots) and be prepared for bright sunlight (sunglasses), heat (layers of clothing), and/or precipitation (rain gear). Hiking pole(s) and a camera might come in handy.

NOTE: At the beginning of each outing you will be required to read and sign a liability release form (a sign-in sheet).

DIRECTIONS TO THE BEGINNING POINT OF THE HIKE IN THE WESTWARD BEACH PARKING LOT (for anyone who intends to meet us at the “trailhead”) – NOTE: You should be in the parking lot (see below) by 8:00 a.m.

In Simi Valley, take Highway 118 west to Highway 23 (south) to Highway 101 in Thousand Oaks.

  • Take Highway 101 6.25 miles “south” (toward L.A.) to the Kanan Road exit and take it.
  • Turn right (south) on Kanan Road and drive 12.5 miles to Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1).
  • Turn right (west) and drive 0.9 mile to Westward Beach Road and turn left onto it.
  • Drive 0.5 mile on Westward Beach Road to the booth at the entrance to the parking lot.
  • Pay the parking fee (about $15.00) and drive in to the first bathroom building.
  • Park nearby and wait for the hiking leader(s).

NOTE: It is usually possible to park for free along Westward Beach Road and walk in to avoid paying the parking fee. However, if you plan to do so be aware that you’ll be adding a half-mile each way to your hike.

DISCLAIMER:The organizer(s) or leader(s) take no responsibility and will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during any Rancho Simi Trail Blazers Club (RSTB) hike/outing. These events can be inherently dangerous and accidents will happen.

By participating voluntarily you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being.