Point Dume Path: Please Stay on Trail! Professional Reviews and Guides
"Like the armored bow of an icebreaker, flat-topped Point Dume juts into the Pacific about 20 miles west of Santa Monica. Just east of the point itself, an unbroken cliff wall shelters a secluded beach from the sights and sounds of the civilized world. Below the sometimes-narrow stretch of sand east of Point Dume, a strip of rocky coastline harbors tidepools and a mindboggling array of plant and animal life."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, 101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press).
"Point Dume Natural Preserve is a 35-acre preserve on the northwest tip of Santa Monica Bay. The triangular-shaped sandstone headland juts out to sea, surrounded by water on three sides. From the 203-foot perch at the tip, views extend across Santa Monica Bay from Point Mugu to Palos Verdes. From mid-December through March, the summit is among the finest sites to observe the migrating gray whales en route from the Bering Sea to Baja California. On the west side of the point is Point Dume State Beach, a popular swimming, sunbathing, and tidepooling beach with a rocky shoreline. To the east, tucked beneath the 200-foot sandstone cliffs, is Dume Cove (locally known as Pirates Cove), a secluded, unofficial clothing-optional beach between two rocky points."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes on the California Southern Coast (Day Hike Books).
"As iconic Southern California as it gets, the Point Dume hike
begins at a popular beach and traverses up a cliff overlooking
the Malibu coastline. Simply take in the view while watching
the surfers and rock climbers below, or make your way
down to the beach to explore the tidepools."
--Bryn Fox Pitterle, Best Easy Day Hikes: West Los Angeles (Falcon Guides).
"A pleasant walk anytime the tide is low, this trip is doubly rewarding when the tide dips as low as -2 feet."
--Jerry Schad , Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County (Wilderness Press).
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